The sprawling Kamalalayam Lake adjacent to the Namakkal Fort and located on the heart of the town was once used for dumping garbage and stood out to be a breeding place for mosquitoes.
With suggestions pouring from all quarters of the people and political parties to develop the lake as tourist spot, the Namakkal Municipality charted out a plan and carried out works at a cost of Rs. 18 lakh.
This includes cleaning of the lake and introduction of boating service in the lake. Officials said that in addition to this, development works to the tune of Rs. 19.50 lakh were carried out in the park, new roads laid around the Fort at a cost of Rs. 49 lakh, parking lot established at a cost of Rs. 23.50 lakh and street lights installed at a cost of Rs. 9.50 lakh. Both the park and the boat service were thrown open for public use by the Minister for Industries, P. Thangamani, and Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal respectively here on Saturday.
Collector V. Dachinamoorthy, MLA K.P.P. Bhaskar, R. Santhi, Namakkal Municipality Chairman R. Karikalan and others participated.
The boat house and renovated park serve as boon for the people who were longing for recreation in the poultry town.
Public can use the facility from morning to evening by paying the entry fee. Visitors are requested not to throw garbage or litter in the open and help maintain cleanliness.
“Depending upon the needs, additional boats and facilities would be created”, said officials.