LUCKNOW: The famous Gautam Buddha Park near KGMU and LDA Park in Gomtinagar will be revamped by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) on the themes of ‘happiness’ and “UP Darshan”, respectively, under the Smart City project.
Both the parks will be refurbished with installations made of waste products like automobile scrap, non-functional electrical and electronic appliances, tyres and plastic items. About 400 metric tonnes of waste material will be required for the purpose. However, the existing statue of Gautam Buddha, swings, slides and other facilities installed in the parks will remain untouched.
“About Rs 11.5 crore has been sanctioned for development work which is expected to start within a month. The work will be completed within a year,” said LDC vice-chairman Indramani Tripathi. “The purpose is to make the city clean and green by using waste material in a creative way,” he added.
“At Buddha Park, selfie points, with cut outs of cartoon characters and others, will be set up. Besides, there will be selfie points for families and groups. Sculptures depicting games like rolling tyre, gully cricket, ‘posham pa’, spinning top and ‘gilli danda’ will be installed. These installations will make elders relive their old memories,” he said. Under the UP Darshan theme, miniature replicas of monuments, animals, temples and art form with which various districts of the state are identified will be installed. These include Agra’s Taj Mahal, tigers of Dudhwa in Lakhimpur Kheri, Ashtapad temple of Meerut and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. These replicas will be made of scrap parts and plastics.

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