It attempts to identify the issues and propose facilities management plan for the improvement of the same. The Kankaria lakefront is an iconic location of Ahmedabad, India. It is the oldest and the largest artificial lake of Ahmedabad, built as a reservoir to conserve water in the 14th century and currently used for recreational purposes. The report assesses the existing facilities at Kankaria lakefront also suggests other good practices around the world. The scope of the study is restricted to only amenities and facilities within the outer periphery of the promenade, which is approximately 2.
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The historic lake around an island garden called Naginawadi has been an evergreen outing place for the people of Ahmedabad. Along with the adjoining Zoo, Balvatika, Aquarium and surrounding hill gardens, it offered a complete entertainment centre. Given an expanse of around 4 sq. Kankaria visited by hundreds of visitors was an urban chaos characterized by unclean ghats, traffic Chaos on the 2.
The periphery wall was in a dilapidated state, and lake precincts presented somewhat unclean and disorganized environment. Vehicle parking along the periphery walls often blocked the view, and visiting children had a hard time amidst the noise, traffic and resultant chaos. Kankaria had also gained notoriety as a suicide point. AMC adopted a model of service delivery of various recreational activities through in-house planning and capacity building combined with use of capable and experienced private sector players in a phased manner.
The project was completed in at the cost of Rs. The lake was transformed into a Complete Entertainment Centre.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation resolved to charge the entry to cover the maintenance expenses at the premises. The response from the citizens has been overwhelming. Moreover Festivals, small gatherings, educational tours, jogging, informal meetings, picnics etc. Further, the Lake is emerging as a platform for creative expressions of different communities of artists. Programmes like ultra-fast laser show with sound, fireworks and musical nights are attracting tourists from other cities and states.
As a result of the project, a chaotic spot has been converted into a well organised recreational zone through a planned and think through approach despite many challenges.
Further the project demonstrated a useful model for incorporation of project affected people like the food vendors into the project. Also, the project provided opportunities to launch city level and state level events that see participation from all communities and strata.
Moreover, because of the clean environment, it has been observed that, the ecology of the place has attracted many new species of birds for breeding.