A total of 85 development works undertaken by the Chennai Corporation in various parts of the city were inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Sunday. These include renovated and new parks, public health centres and school buildings.

After unveiling a plaque listing all the projects at the renovated Panagal Park, Mr. Stalin said that Rs.20 crore has been spent towards upgrading existing facilities or providing new ones. About Rs.1.3 crore was spent on renovating Panagal Park, which is one of the oldest such facilities in the city.

As part of the renovation work, a lotus pond, an open-air theatre with a seating capacity of 100 persons and a children’s play area have been created at the park. Close to 89 advertisement billboards on the boundaries, which were obstructing the view of the park, have been removed, said a Corporation official.

One of the eight parks that were opened on Sunday is a new facility created opposite the Koyambedu bus terminal at a cost of Rs.2 crore, Mr.Stalin said. A sum of Rs.15 crore has been allocated for taking up improvement works at Natesan Park in T.Nagar and Anna Nagar Tower Park.

On complaints about inadequate maintenance of many of the small parks, Mr. Stalin said that the option of appointing private contractors for the maintenance is being considered.