Palemar opens park for women

It will have a library, PHC and radio tower among other facilities

District-In-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar inagurating ‘Vanitha Vana’ by unveiling a plaque in Hat Hill on Monday.           Karnataka Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat, former mayor Rajani Duganna, ZP CEO Dr K N  Vijayprakash are also seen. DH Photo

The park at Hat Hill which was inaugurated by District-In-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar on Wednesday has plenty of shade and is secluded from the noisy traffic.

Speaking on the occasion, Palemar said that Vanitha Vana is a unique concept and if it’s a success various such parks will come up in the district. He along with MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and MLA Yogish Bhat will grant Rs 2 lakh each, a total of six lakhs for the development of the park, he informed.

He also stressed on appointing women security personnel for the safety of women and also instructed on having a small primary health care centre having women doctors.

Speaking on a lighter note, he said that this park can be a ‘Pattanga Katte’ (gossip corner) for women. He said it’s a great place for women to meet and make new friends.

DK ZP CEO and In-Charge MCC Commissioner Dr K N Vijayprakash said that there are 28 parks within MCC limits. As many as four parks were developed in the Rs 100 crores granted by the CM in the first phase. These works cost Rs 40 lakhs, he said and added that in the Rs 100 crores granted by the CM in second phase, five parks will be developed costing Rs 20 lakhs each. The Gujjanakere will also be developed, he said and added a total of Rs 2.63 crores has been allotted for these developmental works.

Dr Vijaypraksh also informed that a library, PHC, radio tower, speakers playing classical music are planned for the park. Negotiations are also on with Bharath Mall, to allow a small shortcut to reach the park, he said.

He also informed that the Gandhi Nagar Park for the challenged children will begin soon. The play equipment will be fixed after the rains. The biogas plant at Urwa will help in producing electricity for street lights from vegetable waste. A total of Rs 658 crore has been allotted for the all round development of the city, he said.

Karnataka Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Yogish Bhat said that park is a great place to encourage cultural and artistic activities.

Mangalore has tourism potential. An international golf course will be seen in the district soon, he said and added that the Bengre Rope way is on the last phase and is waiting for cabinet clearance.

The Vanitha Vana is established in a sprawling 1.5 acres of land. It has a walking track over 450 meters along with a few benches. The total cost of the park is Rs 25 lakhs of which Rs 6 lakhs has been spent. The name Vanitha Vana was suggested by Sumitha Nagappa, mother of Dr K N Vijayprakash.

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