23 sites to be developed for tourists
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In a bid to project the industrial twin city as a tourist destination, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has drawn up a Rs 2,500-crore integrated tourist centre development plan.
In the first phase, 23 sites will be developed and upgraded. The administration hopes it will help the city attract tourists and acquire the status of a sought-after destination.
The sites include Bahinabai zoo, bird valley, children's park, rose garden, Paryavaran Sanskar Kendra, Bhosari Sahal Kendra, Science Centre, City Centre project, Pimple Gurav Park, Shiv Srishti park, Savitribai Phule Park, Shetgaon Boat Club, Morya Gosavi temple, Ganesh park , Appu Ghar, Dugradevi Udyan, deer park and Bhakti Shakti park.
Setting up a laser show near the bird valley, an industrial exhibition centre and a modern aquarium are part of the plan.
A presentation of the tourism development plan was made in a meeting on Tuesday at the auto cluster where Mayor Mohini Lande, municipal commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, deputy mayor Raju Misal, former mayor Mangala Kadam, standing committee president Jagdish Shetty, NCP city chief Yogesh Behl, Congress city chief Bhausaheb Bhoir and Shiv Sena group leader Shrirang Barne were present.
Officials said the plan was to concentrate on creating amusement and entertainment facilities to attract tourists, and infrastructure for their easy mobility.
Yogesh Behl, city chief of NCP that rules PCMC, said they were serious about implementing the plan and bringing Pimpri-Chinchwad on the world tourism map. "If we don't do it now, we will find it extremely difficult in future," he said.
The plan, Behl said, involved developing 23 sites and improving road connectivity.
He said they liked the idea of connecting three major roads the Telco Road, the Pune-Mumbai Highway and the Expressway. The connectivity plan, he said, includes convenient use of ring route, BRTS or metro services.