Ef­forts be­gin to turn Brin­da­van into ‘Dis­ney­land’

Global ten­der to be floated; project will take two-and-a-half years to com­plete

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Su­chith Kidiy­oor

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.

SUDHAKARA JAIN ■

Fun and games: The pro­posed project site at Brin­da­van Gar­dens in Mandya dis­trict.

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