Number of visitors to the park has increased from 2.6 lakh in 2009 to 6 lakh in 2010
The Sharanabasaveshwar tank was one of the most contaminated water bodies in Gulbarga till the silt in it was removed a few years ago and a theme park established.
The move has been a huge success with entertainment-starved people of Gulbarga making a beeline to the theme park and making it one of most successful ventures of the Government.
The revenue generated as entry fee and the fee for boat rides has jumped from just Rs. 15 lakh in 2009 to more than Rs. 50 lakh in 2010. Chairman of the Sharanabasaveshwar Lake Development Authority Rajneesh Goel, who is also the Regional Commissioner, told presspersons here on Saturday that the number of visitors to the theme park had more than doubled from 2.6 lakh in 2009 to six lakh in 2010.
The success of the this venture had prompted other districts to follow suit. Impressed by the concept, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, during one of his visits to Gulbarga, asked the architect, Bharath Bhushan, who designed the theme park, to establish a similar one in his hometown Shikaripur in Shimoga district.
Dr. Goel said that almost all the districts had made enquiries about the concept and the kind of investment needed to implement the project. Similar theme parks were coming up in Raichur at a cost of Rs. 1 crore and Yadgir at a cost of Rs. 2.5 crore.
The facilities in the theme park were being upgraded. One more boat jetty with a food court had been opened at the Jagat Circle entrance. Another cruise boat was being added, which could be used for parties at an affordable cost. The cruise boat would be inaugurated on January 14 on the auspicious occasion of Sankaramana, he said.
The tank, which already has two mobile floating fountains, will get another such fountain soon.
Dr. Goel said that a musical fountain would be erected in the immersion tank near the theme park.
The immersion tank is useful for only one month during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
Also, a “Meena Bazaar”, an open-air marketing concept, would be introduced near the musical fountain this year, he said.
There was also a proposal to create an artificial walkway into the tank, Dr. Goel said.