Kankaria still holiday hotspot

With a daily average of 65,000 visitors in the past few days as against 12,000 on a normal day, Kankaria lake still seems to be a favourite destination for people in the city this year too.

While the total revenue earned is still being calculated, the earnings from only entry tickets and train rides have already exceeded Rs 30 lakh in the last four days starting November 14.

On Sunday, the last day of this festive weekend, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) authorities were expecting a footfall of 50,000.

"Seeing footfalls in the past few years, we were expecting visitors in huge numbers. Thus, arrangements including additional manpower, extra ticketing and cleaning staff were put in place for these five days. Not only the lake but also the Kamla Nehru zoo in the lake premises got a record number of footfalls this year," said Municipal Commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra.

As many as 25,000 visitors visited the Kamla Nehru zoo on a single day (Saturday), as against the regular footfall of around 4,000-5,000. Similar was the number of visitors on other three days as well.

The rush for toy train at Kankaria forced the administration to use both the trains to full capacity round-the-clock. Similarly, visitors were also seen making a beeline for "Kids City". There are several other popular rides and recreational activities like hot air balloon, speed boat, at the lake.

"Another interesting fact the authorities noticed this year was that a considerable number of foreigners and people from other states were among visitors," said an official at Kankaria.

The lake that has already generated more than Rs 15 crore till date from 1.65 lakh visitors since it was renovated and opened for public on December 25, 2008, is expected to add more revenues with more recreational activities that are to be added by the end of this year. These new recreational activities include roller-coaster ride, segway or self-balancing vehicle, aquacart, mystique world, tower ride and trackless train.

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