The state municipal affairs department will develop 283 new parks and open green spaces across the state covering about 470 acres. Work for developing 177 parks are on in 54 urban towns.
According to sources from the state secretariat, the project is being inspired by the chief minister’s vision to promote the `Green City Clean City’ scheme following which the state municipal affairs department has taken several steps to develop green spaces in urban areas.
The major components of these parks are construction of boundary wall, block paving and greenery , sitting benches and various playground equipment for children. Work to develop 177 parks at the cost of Rs 28 crore in 54 urban towns was taken up last year and they are nearing completion. The state government has further approved 106 parks and green space development projects in urban areas at a cost of Rs 32 crore that will be executed by the municipal bodies across the state with technical support from the municipal engineering directorate.
These 283 parks, once completed, will cover around 470 acres new green space in urban areas. Since 2011, the state municipal affairs department has developed 566 parks. Two of the parks were recently inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee -the Milan Samity Park under Baidyabati Municipality area covering 518 square metres and another park at Raja K L Goswami Road in Serampore covering an area of 1061 square metres.While the park at Baidyabati was developed at a cost of Rs 10.28 lakh, the one at Serampore entailed a cost of Rs 20.72 lakh.
The state government has taken up the `Green Cities Mission’ to develop new townships and urban areas.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 14-10-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com