Won­ders Park needs spruc­ing up

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Won­ders Park in Nerul on Tues­day com­pleted three years since be­ing com­mis­sioned. The park de­vel­oped by NMMC has seen 8.23 lakh visi­tors dur­ing this pe­riod.

The gar­den that is con­sid­ered a land­mark of the city is in ur­gent need of spruc­ing up with the ad­min­is­tra­tion not pay­ing much at­ten­tion to it.

Th e Wo nd e r s Pa rk wa s de­vel­oped by NMMC to pro­vide a qual­ity recre­ational fa­cil­ity in the city.

Work on the gar­den started in 2010.

Rs17 crore were to be spent on its de­vel­op­ment. How­ever, since the work was de­layed, the cost shot up to Rs38 crore.

It was fi­nally in­au­gu­rated on De­cem­ber 15, 2012 by the then cen­tral agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Sharad Pawar.

Res­i­dents queued up for en­try to the park with the chil­dren pay­ing Rs25 and adults Rs35 for en­try.

T he park was equipped with four hi- tech rides and a toy train.

Even now, hun­dreds of visi- Visi­tors say the Won­ders Park needs more rides and the science park needs to be de­vel­oped.

tors visit the park daily with a huge in­take of visi­tors on week­ends.

T hough t he re­sponse is good, visi­tors say t hat t he NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing noth­ing to set things right in the park.

Man­ish Pa­tel, a vis­i­tor, said “The traf­fic gar­den, am­phithe­atre are not be­ing used while the science park plan too is still on pa­per. The food court has started only re­cently.”

“There is a need for more rides. The toy train has had trou­bles,” added Pa­tel,

NMMC has earned around Rs3.5 crore in rev­enue from the tick­ets sold.

How­ever, the an­nual ex­pen­di­ture on the park it­self is Rs3.5 crore.

Hence the park is prov­ing to be a white ele­phant for the civic body.

A NMMC of­fi­cial said, “We are work­ing to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture at the park. A new toy train is be­ing planned at the park. There will also be more play in­fra­struc­ture.”

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