Sharath S. Srivatsa
Gate collection for 2005-06 was estimated atRs. 4.2 crore
A new master plan being prepared Laser fountains will come up A food park to house all eateries at the sprawling gardens Automated ticketing system on the anvil A new entertainment centre planned
MYSORE: The famous Brindavan Gardens at the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir, near here, may undergo another round of renovation.
The six-decades old beauty spot was done up partially in 2004.
The highlights of the new project are introduction of laser fountains, raising flowering plants and landscaping and a food park besides introduction of automated ticketing system.
Managing Director of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam K.R. Srinivas told The Hindu that the plan would be worked out in a couple of months and the nigam wanted to implement some components of the plan this year.
The Horticulture Department had been preparing a plan to make the gardens attractive, he said.
Regarding the introduction of laser fountains in the sprawling gardens, he said: "We need to ascertain which agency in India can supply the technology and maintain it."
Laser fountains to be introduced would be on the lines of those in Singapore, he added.
Mr. Srinivas said the nigam would take steps to improve the pavements inside the gardens and that at most places, the pavements are not in proper shape.
A food park will be established in one place, which will help the visitors.
He said at present the eateries were spread all over the gardens. These would be shifted to food park gradually.
Mr. Srinivas said that efforts were on to introduce water related activities in the gardens to entertain visitors arriving at the gardens during the day.
They were looking at the safety aspects of the activities as well as the purity of water before introducing new programmes.
"Unless we improve the Brindavan Gardens and provide them with fresh entertainment, it becomes monotonous for the visitors to visit the gardens," he said.
Mr. Srinivas said the gate collection at Brindavan Gardens for 2005-06 was estimated to be Rs. 4.3 crore, which was a record.
Executive Engineer of KRS Reservoir Vijay Kumar said the authorities had collected Rs. 2.69 crore in 2004-05 while Rs. 2.07 crore had been collected during 2003-04.
Mr. Vijay Kumar said the revenue buoyancy was partly because of the marginal increase in the entrance fee.
The gate collection, it is learnt, is shared between the nigam and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation in a ratio of 75:25 every year.