The Government of Tamil Nadu has started work on setting up a Classical Park(Semmozhi Poonga) in Coimbatore.
The state government has set the ball rolling to set up Semmozhi Poonga in the city, electricity minister V Senthil Balaji said on Monday. “Necessary government orders have been issued to set up the park,” he said while speaking at a function here to issue identity cards to beneficiaries of the urban employment scheme.
The park was announced by late chief minister M Karunanidhi in 2010 during the World Classical Tamil Conference held in Coimbatore. It was proposed to come up at the central prison grounds in the city. However, the project was put on the back burner for 10 years during the AIADMK rule.
In this context, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu visited Coimbatore last month and announced that the Coimbatore Central Prison, located at the heart of the city would be relocated to the outskirts and an international standard Semmozhi Park would be set up in two phases in Gandhipuram, with all facilities including sidewalk, indoor and outdoor.
It was announced that it would be set up for Rs 200 crore. The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Company has started the process of preparing the project report. The project report is being prepared at an estimated cost of Rs 1.50 crore.
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