DHARWAD: Thanks to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa's gesture of granting Rs 100 crore for the development of the twin cities, two parks here are
getting a facelift.
Kittur Rani Chennamma Park on Dharwad-Belgaum Road now wears a new look following several improvements taken up at a cost of Rs 65 lakh. It will be open to the public next week.
The 35-acre park, owned by Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, has new pathways, musical fountains, beautiful landscape, variety of flowering plants and playing equipment for the children beside a band stand and a pergola. The Nirmiti Kendra has taken up the development work. The park has a tomb in memory of British collector Thackeray. The tomb is being restored and a board containing the details of Kittur Chennamma's struggle with the British, which ended in the killing of Thackeray, will be displayed at the park.
MLA and Karnataka Border Area Development Authority chairman Chandrakant Bellad said the park's development was part of beautifying the city. The band stand will be used for organizing cultural programmes under the auspices of department of Kannada and culture, he said.
Azad Park near old bus stand and Kelgeri tank are also being developed under the Rs 100-crore project, he added. Hubli-Dharwad Urban Development Authority chairman Datta Dorle said all the parks in the twin cities will be developed in due course and the playgrounds will be made available to the children.
Karnataka State Bal Vikas Academy chairman Shankar Halagatti said the parks could be used for organizing creative programmes for children. Nirmiti Kendra officer Chandrashekhar was present.