Wellington near Coonoor which was hitherto known within the country and abroad mainly for its long association with the defence sector and the presence of two of the most prestigious establishments of the Indian Army- the Defence Service Staff College (DSSC) and the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) — would henceforth be linked to the tourism sector also.

The Wellington Lake in a picturesque spot of the barracks was thrown open for boating on Thursday.

Inaugurating the facility, the Commandant, MRC, and President, Wellington Cantonment Board (WCB) Brigadier S. Suresh Kumar said that it would be promoted as a tourist spot. Shortly it would feature a children’s park, he said adding that a restaurant overlooking the lake would come into being, later.

Musical fountain

Efforts are also on to provide a walking plaza and install a musical fountain.

The lake would also be used for imparting training in watermanship for soldiers.

Brigadier Suresh Kumar acknowledged the contribution of the district administration and others in the execution of the scheme.

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