6,000 saplings to be planted in the city before the onset of monsoon
Chennai: The Chennai Corporation will take up a Rs. 3 crore project to improve the Dr. Visveswaraya Tower Park in Anna Nagar.
The sprawling park, on a 15.5-acre area, is one of the biggest such facilities in the city. The new facilities to be provided will encourage use of the park for cultural and sports activities. The park development is part of the Corporation’s programme to improve public spaces in the city.
An open air theatre for public performances, meditation points, sculptures, an exclusive jogging track and changing rooms near the skating rink are part of the upgradation plan. Parking lots for visitors’ two-wheelers and cars would also be included.
The two entrances to the park would offer a view of water fountains, according to the design submitted by consultancy firm Cheralathan Associations to the Chennai Corporation. The park has a large pond around which benches would be provided. Round-the-clock security would be given to the park.
Other parks to be developed are Thiru-Vi-Ka Park, Natesan Park and Thiruvalluvar Park. About Rs. 10 crore would be spent on 100 parks of the 230 parks in the city this year.
As part of an urban forestry project, the Corporation has planted 4,000 saplings and another 6,000 saplings would be planted before the onset of the monsoon, a release said.
The Corporation in association with the Forest Department also plans to raise 35,000 saplings to improve the city’s green cover
A team with expertise in botanical sciences would select indigenous tree species with root systems that go deep underground, to prevent the young trees from causing damage to buildings. Students, resident welfare associations and voluntary organisations would be involved in the tree-planting .