Hassan to get tourist hotel, amusement park soon

In progress: The Tourists Hotel and Amusement Centre, under construction, near the new bus stand in Hassan.

With the district administration deciding to give a hi-tech touch to the Tourist Hotel and Amusement Park at Channapatna Lake in the city, the decades-old dream of the locals, is turning into a reality.

The administration has handed over the responsibility of completing the building, which is under construction since 10 years, near the new bus stand, to Karnataka Road Development Corporation. A blueprint has already been prepared and the works have to be taken up in tandem, by the Forest and Horticulture department.

There are plans to develop the lake, surrounding the hotel building, and introduce boating and aqua adventure sports. Construction of two hanging bridges on either side of the building and ornamental flowering plants, which grows less than 10-ft, around the building to maintain greenery throughout the year, will add beauty to the building. Besides, priority will be given for trees on the premises.

Pathway

There is a five km road around the hotel, frequented by morning walkers. Hence, measures will be taken to lay a walking path and benches for seating. There are plans to introduce a toy train facility around the hotel, and hand over the responsibility to ‘Namma Metro’.

Hundreds of acres of Channapatna Lake was closed during the construction of the KSRTC bus stand. There were several complaints that the borewells dug at the nearby Channapatna Layout have gone dry.

Members of Neeravari Horata Samiti and Senior Citizens Association have staged several protests on the lake premises, demanding the authorities to complete the work and fill water to the lake.

H D Revanna, who took charge as Public Works Minister recently, visited the place and directed the authorities concerned to expedite the works. With the District Court complex and bus stand nearby, the city would get hi-tech touch, if the works are completed soon, opine the locals.

Speaking to DH, Tourism department deputy director Janardhan said that Minister H D Revanna had recently held a meeting in this regard and has directed the authorities concerned to complete the works soon.

“Nirmiti Kendra has constructed a connecting road to the hotel at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. Separate committees have been formed to oversee filling of water to the lake, for introducing water sports, boating, illumination, four side entrance, hanging bridge and others,” he added.

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