Efforts begin to turn Brindavan into ‘Disneyland’
Global tender to be floated; project will take two-and-a-half years to complete
The Karnataka government is all set to float a global tender in a month to develop the famed Brindavan Gardens into an attraction on the lines of Disneyland in the U.S.
Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar announced this on Saturday after inspecting the project site near Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) along with his Cabinet colleagues and senior officials.
The Minister told presspersons that the project would be taken up under the PPP model and the State government would not invest “even a single rupee” for the venture, which is estimated to cost ₹1,425 crore.
The project would take two-and-a-half years to complete and come up on 336 acres of government land located in several blocks near the KRS dam. The ownership of the land would remain with the State government, he said.
CM to head panel
The Minister said a committee, headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, would seek guidance on the project. MLAs and Ministers from Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, technical experts, the erstwhile Mysuru royal family, representatives from the Mysore University would be part of the the committee.
The Minister reiterated that the safety of KRS dam would not be compromised.
Earlier, the State government had announced a 60metre Goddess Cauvery statue to be built on a museum tower near KRS. Indicating that the government had second thoughts on it, Mr. Shivakumar said that the government was yet to decide on whether the statue would be that of Goddess Cauvery or Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar.
The Minister said that a decision would be taken after holding consultations. As per the plan, the statue would be built 750 metres away from the dam. The masterplan included a lake, and tourists could reach the statue and museum by boat.
Brindavan Gardens would also have fountains and botanical areas.
Fun and games: The proposed project site at Brindavan Gardens in Mandya district.