The Corporation has readied two parks it had developed in Neethithurai Colony and RKV Nagar with general funds to meet the long-felt entertainment and recreation needs of the residents, especially children and elders.
The parks developed at Neethithurai Colony at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh and at RKV Nagar (Rs. 6.5 lakh) were inaugurated by PWD Minister K.V. Ramalingam on Saturday.
Corporation sources said the park adjacent to the Thindal Murugan Temple beautified at a cost of Rs. 6.5 lakh would be inaugurated next. Two other parks, at Muthukumara Swamy Layout and Thai Nagar, are expected to be opened for the public in a month’s time.
More parks are likely to come up in the Public Private Partnership model with funding secured under the State Government’s Self-Sufficiency Scheme (SSS). Shivan Nagar Residents’ Association in Thindal area has already approached the civic body with a proposal to develop and maintain a park under the scheme that requires the public to contribute not less than one-third of the estimated cost of the identified work. The association has proposed to develop the park at a cost of nearly Rs. 20 lakh.
The public have come forward to cough up one-third of the amount, Corporation sources said.
Walking pavement being an essential feature in the design, elders who are used to daily morning and evening walks would throng the parks being developed, according to the Executive Engineer of the City Corporation K. Arumugam. The State Government has been implementing the scheme – earlier known as Namakku Naame scheme – since 2010-11 through its Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department with an annual allocation of Rs. 100 crore.
Alongside parks, the scheme provides opportunities for the public to form, improve and develop playgrounds, traffic islands, fountains, and street lights (including solar lights), official sources said.
Priority is accorded by the Government for construction of integrated sanitary complexes for men and women under SSS.
The public in the city have just begun to derive the utility of the scheme.
Once awareness increases, the impact of the scheme would go up as it supports construction of additional buildings and fencing for government educational institutions, hospitals, livestock centres and libraries.
Since last year, the works undertaken in the Corporation area under SSS were confined to drilling of new borewell, erection of submersible motor and extension of pipeline at Sanarpalayam, Perumal malai, Kothukkara Thottam, Mallikai Nagar, E.P.B. Nagar, Nalli Thottam, Periyavalasu, Therkku Pallam, J.J. Nagar, and Mohankumaramangalam street.
At each of these places the work was undertaken at cost of Rs. 3.25 lakh, sources added.