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Two committees set up to protect and manage Sharanabasaveshwar Tank

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Attraction: Peddle boats at the Sharanabasaveshwar Tank in Gulbarga.
Attraction: Peddle boats at the Sharanabasaveshwar Tank in Gulbarga.

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‘Tourism Department has sanctioned Rs. 25 lakh for the beautification of the tank’

Open air theatre will be set up where cultural programmes will be held on weekends

Rs. 75 lakh has been sanctioned for cleaning the moat around Gulbarga Fort

GULBARGA: The district administration has constituted two high-level committees for the protection and management of the renovated Sharanabasaveshwar Tank and the children’s park,which were inaugurated by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa a week back.

A meeting of the Sharanabasaveshwar Lake Management Authority held here on Saturday under the chairmanship of the outgoing Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey decided to constitute a management committee and an executive cum technical committee for the upkeep and management of the tank and other facilities. While the management committee will be headed by District in-charge Minister Lakshman Savadi and Mayor of the corporation Ravindranath Honnalli. The members include the Gulbarga South Assembly Constituency MLA Chandrasekhar Patil Revoor, Gulbarga North Assembly Constituency MLA Qamarul Islam and Commissioner of the corporation.

The executive cum technical committee will be headed by the Deputy Commissioner. The members will include Assistant Commissioner of the Gulbarga Sub-Division, executive engineer of the Public Works Department and other officials.

Mr. Pandey, who addressed the meeting, said that Rs. 5 crore had been spent on the renovation of the tank and on other facilities including the children’s park, ceremonial immersion well and beautification of the area around the tank. Of the amount spent, 70 per cent had been sanctioned by the Union Government and the remaining by the State.

He said that the Tourism Department had sanctioned Rs. 25 lakh for the beautification of the tank. The district administration proposed to utilise this amount to install an aerating fountain and a musical fountain in the artificial island created in middle of the tank. Apart from this, an open air theatre will be constructed on the banks of the tank near Jagat Circle where cultural programmes will be held on weekends. A few cement companies had been approached for financial assistance to construct the open air theatre, he added.

The meeting also gave approval for maintenance of the garden at a cost of Rs. 2.5 lakh each annum, Rs. 1 lakh as staff payment to the Nirmiti Kendra who would supervise the maintenance of the garden and Rs 3.5 lakh each annum for the payment of salary to the six security staff. Mr. Pandey said that there was also a proposal to outsource the boating activities in the tank. A boat jetty had been constructed and three peddle boats, two motorised boats and two Home Guard boats were available for public use.

It was also decided to charge Rs. 5 as entry fee for adults and Rs. 2 for children to enter the children’s park. A sum of Rs. 10 will be collected as parking charges for two-wheelers and Rs. 20 for four-wheelers and Rs. 50 for buses respectively.

Mr. Pandey said that cleaning the moat around the Gulbarga Fort would be taken up soon with Rs. 75 lakh sanctioned for tourism development by the North Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation.

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