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Rankala is a place of historical importance in Kolhapur. Rankala lake and garden is one of the main tourist places of the city. Considering this, commissioner Shri S. V. R. Shriniwas proposed to develop a garden on the neglected waste land on west and south side of the lake. As the project required large finance, the necessary finance was raised from development funds of MPs and MLAs.
Taking into consideration, existing trees in the garden, a 750 m long walkway is constructed for citizens. Two small bridges are constructed on this walkway. The area of this walkway garden is 5 hectares. The walkway is lighted by providing light poles on entire length of walkway. Similarly 3000 sq. m. area lawn is provided near the lake and open theatre is constructed on the lawn. Hence, the garden can be used for arranging cultural programs. For childrens to play, sport facilities like Swings, Forest Gym, See-Saw, Slide are provided. Attractive lighting arrangement is done on the walkway and lawn. Similarly on both sides of walkway, different types of trees, various types of plants, flower beds, and grass lawns are provided. For entertainment of citizens and tourists, facility of boating at nominal rates is provided.
About Rs. 55 lakhs are spent on this scheme. Considering the financial position of corporation, funds are provided through development funds of MPs and MLAs. In the development work of this garden, the commissioner has given personal attention, the garden is developed in a short time.
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