Kodaikanal to have more attractions from this year

Staff Reporter

Facilities at Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk to be enhanced

A musical fountain at a cost of Rs.40 lakh planned

Tourists could take a stroll at Coaker’s Walk even after 6 p.m.

KODAIKANAL: Tourists visiting Kodaikanal this year will have more attractions and better facilities at all tourist spots as the district administration gears up for several modernisation works to give complete facelift to it.

A new look is being given to Bryant Park, facilities enhanced at Coaker’s Walk and new children’s park created at VGP lay out.

A pond at Bryant Park is completely desilted. Tender is finalised for installing a musical fountain at a cost of Rs.40 lakh. The work will commence shortly. Planting of new flower plants that will blossom in April is over. Glasshouse is also fully renovated. A new children’s park is created and an ultra modern toilet is constructed for the convenience of tourists in the park.

To maintain electricity supply, the TNEB will install three transformers – one exclusively for Bryant Park and two for supplying power to street lights around Kodaikanal Lake.

Children’s park

Another children’s park is being constructed at VGP lay out. The park will also have a water fountain and landscape at a cost of Rs.46 lakh.

A complete facelift is being provided to Coaker’s Walk. Walking space is being widened and fencing strengthened.

With installation of streetlights at a cost of Rs.25 lakh, now, tourists could stroll at Coaker’s Walk even after 6 p.m.

Inspecting various developmental activities on the hill on Saturday, Collector R. Vasuki said that most of the work was over and the rest would be finished before April.

A blanket ban on lifting water from Kodaikanal Lake would be imposed.

To offer protected drinking water to hotels and residents of Moonjikkal, three bore wells were sunk at a cost of Rs.35 lakh on marshy land. Seventy per cent of construction of ultra modern tollgate near Silver Cascade was over, she added.

Clean environment

Top priority has been given for clean environment. A compost yard will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs.60 lakh for safe disposal of wastes.

Plastic wastes generated on the hill will be used for laying plastic roads. Safe disposal of bio and non-biodegradable wastes will be introduced as trial basis in ward 22.

On successful trial, it will be extended to all other wards Ms. Vasuki stated.

“With a new face, Kodaikanal will be ready to receive tourists in April.”