City to witness development work under smart city project

Prayagraj: The Sangam city is all set to witness several developmental works aimed to make the city look more beautiful and to provide amenities for the common man. Being carried out under the Smart City project, authorities have identified nine works will on which an amount of Rs 35 crores would be incurred.
Foremost among the developmental works would be revamping the facilities at Madan Mohan Malaviya Stadium and renovation of the pond located at Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad Park of the city.
Prayagraj Smart City Limited has issued a tender of Rs 35 crores for these two works along with seven other works. Following the revamping of the facilities at Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium, an amount of Rs 76.86 lakhs is expected to be spent. This amount would be spent on the repair of the stadium’s infrastructure and procurement of several sports equipment.
“Madan Mohan Malaviya stadium will become more beautiful and the enhanced sports equipment will also increase the viability of the city’s only multipurpose stadium,” said mission director (technical), smart city project, SK Sinha.
Likewise, an amount of Rs 1.34 crores would be incurred on the complete renovation of the pond at Azad Park. In addition to this, an amount of Rs 28.49 lakhs will be incurred on filling water in the pond.
The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) had constructed this large artificial pond near the main entrance of the company garden of the city in 2016. It was part of the modernisation plan of the park for which an amount of Rs 1950.71 lakhs was spent. This huge pond had facilities like boating, colourful fountains and live ducks. Authorities had also installed two boats with self-cleaning mechanism because there were all chances that the stagnant water of the lake would develop algae.
For filling up this around 20 feet deep lake, authorities had made provision of four bore wells around the lake. After opening, the lake functioned for around a year after which the stagnant water started developing a thick layer of algae and the lake started to die a slow death.
Presently, the entire pond has dried down and the fountain and other mechanical fittings are lying defunct and thus collecting rust. The base of the lake too has developed cracks and the boulders are showing in open. Although, the authorities have managed to maintain the surrounding flora and fauna that was developed along with the lake.
However, with the fresh decision, water will always be available in the pond under the new scheme and this pond will be the centre of attraction.
The tender floated for the renovation of the stadium and the pond by Smart City Limited, the agency, which would be awarded the work, will have to supervise these two for five years.
Similarly, all development works being done under Smart City will have to be completed within the stipulated period. “It would be the responsibility of the executing agency to carry out the maintenance for five years along with the period of completion of all work”, said the official.

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