Shortage of funds delays repair of musical fountain and laser show | Mangaluru News

Mangaluru: The much publicized musical fountain with laser show installed at Old Deer Park near Kadri Park in the city four years ago has died due to lack of maintenance and shortage of funds has hit its restoration plans.
A musical fountain with laser show was built at Old Deer Park at a cost of Rs 5 crore and it was opened by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2018. However, the huge sum spent on the project s passed out with the equipment. get rust.
The Department of Horticulture, which owns the park, has yet to decide whether to run a new tender to restore the musical fountain and laser show equipment. Now, lack of funds prevents the department from undertaking renovations to reopen the musical fountain and laser show.
The fountain has remained closed for the past two years due to Covid-19. Initially there was a huge crowd with people thronging to enjoy the musical fountain and laser show. The main features of the laser show were created with various themes including yakshagana, kambala, bhootharadhane and other cultural heritage items of Tulunadu.
Although the show was free at first, after three months the department set an entry fee of Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children. Later, the entrance fee was reduced to Rs 30 and Rs 15 for adults and children, respectively. With the spread of Covid-19 and lockdowns, the fountain and laser show has come to a halt, and it may take hundreds of thousands of rupees to bring it back to its former glory.
Deputy director of the horticulture department, HR Naik, told TOI that a proposal had been sent to the government seeking funds to renovate and reopen the fountain.
“We have already sent a detailed proposal to restore the lake and develop other fountain infrastructure. We have sent an action plan of Rs 1.52 crore to Horticulture Department Head Office, Coastal Development Authority and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC). However, we have not yet received funds. Work will be resumed immediately after the funds are secured,” he added.

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