Smart city Bhubaneswar authorities are finalising plans to develop an artificial lake near Nicco Park and now people can hang out or picnic in a natural environment in the heart of the city.
The Lake Zone III project will have promenades, leisure zones, food and flower kiosks, resting plazas, viewing decks, activity zones, recreation and meditation zones. The authorities will spend Rs 47 crore to develop the artificial lake, which will also include a micro solar power plant.
“The objective of the project is to utilise the area along the natural drain flowing through the city to develop a recreational zone for citizens and provide spaces for recreational activities. It will also promote water management with safe discharge of storm water,” said a Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited official.
It will also serve as a picnic spot for citizens and developed along the existing Natural Drainage Channel No. 10 running through the heart of the city. According to the project plan, the lake zone will be equipped with modern public amenities, including water ATMs and eco-friendly toilets.
The smart city officials have made the Lake Zone III project a priority in the Smart City Mission alongside the Bhubaneswar Town Centre District at Master Canteen Square and Museum of Urban History at Unit-VI.