New park to be opened at Mandaveli in Chennai

Chennai: The work of converting an Open Space Reservation (OSR) land in RK Nagar Second main Road Mandaveli in the city into a park is inching closer to completion.

The park will be named RK Nagar Poonga, and will be thrown open to public by the first week of September.

Construction work for the park, which started by July 2018, is being carried out at a budget of Rs 73.58 lakh.

Being built across 17,350 sq ft of land, it will have a play area for children, a badminton court, and a walking track. T

here are also plans to build a gym inside the park. A composting pit which will be used to make manure with dry leaves, for plants in the park will also be put in place.

Though this OSR land is being made into a park by the Corporation, officials say there are more than 20 unutilised plots in Mylapore.

“The zone 9 Corporation website shows only two plots – near Radhakrishnan Salai and one in Nandanam – as OSR lands. But, I have spotted more than 20 such plots. Most of these are empty and not utilised. We plan to work on them one at a time,” says R Natraj MLA of Mylapore constituency has said.

Residents are however not sure about how well the park will be maintained in the future . They want officials to include members from local resident welfare associations to coordinate the park’s maintenance.

They have also asked officials to clear all encroachments on pavements leading to the park, so that senior citizens will have a clear path to commute to the park.

V Padmasini