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Sivaganga Park becoming a top chill-out spot

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People flock water sports to beat the heat; Thanjavur civic body plans to do up the park

TAKING THE PLUNGE:A youth revels in water at Sivaganga Park in Thanjavur on Wednesday as mercury soared signalling the onset of summer.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ
TAKING THE PLUNGE:A youth revels in water at Sivaganga Park in Thanjavur on Wednesday as mercury soared signalling the onset of summer.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

With mercury rising, water sports facilities at Sivaganga Park here have become a major attraction for students, youth, and tourists. As the facilities open at noon (thanks to power cut, they cannot be opened before noon), youth come in large numbers and enjoy the water sledge, water umbrella, and water tumbler.

The park, one of the main tourist attractions near the Big Temple, had a good number of visitors on Wednesday. They could be seen enjoying the toy train, swimming pool, park facilities, and a few available animals in the park. There are 32 deer in the park, pigeons, jackal, ducks, love birds, and rabbits. A science park exists inside the main premises. Children from a school in Tiruchi who visited the park on Wednesday said that they enjoyed their visit.

According to Savithiri Gopal, Chairperson of Thanjavur Municipality, many improvements were envisaged in the park. Proposals had been sent to the government for fund allotment.

A mini zoo would be set up and some facilities which are not working in the water sports area would be repaired. The park was a source of revenue for the municipality. The local body gets a profit of Rs. 15 lakh every year. Revenue was Rs. 40 lakh while expenditure was around Rs. 25 lakh.

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