TRICHY: The civil work for developing one of the banks of the Uyyakondan canal into a recreational zone has begun with the launch of construction work to build a couple of minor bridges and retaining wall along the canal. Trichy corporation has also released a video showing the three-dimensional model of the walking track, park and other recreational amenities under the riverfront development project.
The project, at an estimated cost of Rs 17.56 crore under the smart cities mission, was initiated by the civic body through PST Engineering Construction Firm on January 13. Under the project, three public parks and a retaining wall along the southern portion of Uyyakondan banks from Chettipalam bridge till PWD’s aqua duct will be constructed. Tree plantation, bathing ghats, stone benches and pavements are the additional parameters which will be included on both the northern and southern banks of the 1,000-year-old contour canal built by the Chola emperor Raja Raja Cholan.
“Civil work on the minor bridges and retaining wall are planned to be completed within six months. We have launched a three-dimensional video of the riverfront project explaining people the benefits they will get through the project,” said corporation commissioner N Ravichandran. Official sources said that space over the bridge will be utilised to develop the park while the culvert beneath the structure will carry the Uyyakondan water across the Aarukan road. Among the three parks planned along 2.6 km stretch of the canal passing through the city, a peacock themed park has been planned.