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Manna Palla Lake to be made a major picnic spot

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A Rs. 6.5-crore master plan is ready for its development

Picture perfect: The Manna Palla Lake with the small island in Manipal.
Picture perfect: The Manna Palla Lake with the small island in Manipal.

The picturesque Manna Palla Lake here is likely to emerge as a major picnic spot, thanks to a Rs. 6.5-crore master plan for its development.

The master plan has been prepared by the district administration, Udupi Urban Development Authority (UUDA), Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC), Department of Tourism, and the Manna Palla Development Committee. The enchanting 60-acre Mannu Palla Lake is surrounded by 40 acres of land which will be developed. What adds beauty to the lake is a small half-acre island built in its centre.

Though many plans were earlier made to develop this lake, they served limited purposes. CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak told The Hindu on Monday that the master plan aimed at comprehensive development of the lake and its surroundings in a phased manner. The CMC was constructing a playground on 4.5 acres of land with a pavilion near the lake at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh. Drains were also being constructed around the lake. A three-km jogging track would be built around the lake. Besides joggers, the track would also help those going on morning and evening walks. An Ayurveda garden would also be raised near the lake, he said.

A major sapling-plantation drive would be taken up around the lake. There were many acacia trees around the lake now. They would be replaced with local tree species. The aim was to enhance green cover in the area. Saplings would also be grown on half-acre island. “We want to attract birds to this small island. We will consult environmentalists on this issue,” Mr. Nayak said.

As it was not possible to enjoy a boat ride in the sea during monsoon, the CMC wanted to encourage boat ride in this lake.

Hence, a platform would be constructed at the lake from where people could get into the boats. Pedal and medium-sized boats would be introduced. A boat ride during monsoon would give a different experience to the people, he said.

An approach road from Dr. T.M.A. Planetarium side, three entry points to the lake and entry arches too would be constructed. Besides, the local people, the lake could also attract students from the Manipal University.

A restaurant would start functioning near the lake shortly. A zone to park vehicles was being constructed near the lake, he said.

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