Mangaluru: No revenue - Musical fountain at Kadri deer park stops working

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Feb 22: The musical fountain at the deer park of Kadri in the city had a shortage of viewers as the years passed by and has stopped completely now. Though the fountain is not working thousands of rupees are being spent on the maintenance of it. The horticulture department is spending more than the income it is getting in maintaining this fountain.

To maintain the musical fountain around Rs 60,000 was needed. Even 10% of this amount was not getting collected by the public. The electricity bill per month was Rs 35,000. Now it has become a challenge for the horticulture department to pay salaries to technicians and other personnel. The district administration is thinking of giving the maintenance of this fountain on contract to private companies.

The musical fountain which used to get function once a week has completely stopped for the public for two weeks. When the fountain show is on there are not even 10 viewers. The department is not getting even Rs 10,000 revenue from this. There is a fountain already inside the widespread Kadri park. Tourists used to watch this for free. However, this fountain has also stopped functioning for many years due to water shortage issues. Now a plan is being made to develop it again.

The musical fountain was built at a cost of Rs 5 crore at Kadir deer park by MUDA and was inaugurated by the then CM Siddaramaiah on January 7, 2018. The work got completed in six months. Because of the then MLA J R Lobo, the fountain was built. The contract was given to the BNA technology company of Bengaluru. Apart from the colour fountain, there is a laser show technology also in this fountain.

After the fountain was opened to the public, there was no entry fee for three months. From April 20, 2018 entry fee of Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children was fixed. Later this rate was reduced due to the reduction in the number of tourists and viewers. Now the fee is fixed at Rs 30 for adults and Rs 15 for children. Even then there are hardly any viewers.

The number of viewers has reduced year by year. For the fiscal year 2018-19 the revenue earned was Rs 8 lac while in 2019-20, the revenue depleted to Rs 7 lac. The revenue also got a beating as the fountain shows did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of the tourists who arrive in Mangaluru from other states or districts go to the beach in the evening. If the fountain was installed at the beach, many tourists would have watched the same. G K Bhat, a member of the Kadri park development committee opines that even if the district administration has thought of giving the maintenance of the fountain to private companies, it is doubtful that anyone will opt for it as the revenue is too less.

Dr Rajendra K V, DC of Dakshina Kannada district says, "Due to the reduction in the number of viewers, the revenue of musical fountain at Kadri deer park is reduced drastically. It is being considered to hand over the same on contract. A discussion in this regard was held with the horticulture department officials a few days ago."





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  • Af,,,, Mangaluru

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    BJP is done nothing in mangalore after winning 2019 election

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  • Jigmig, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Every day there should be some free plays, small skits, dance shows by our public and enthusiastic entertainers. Mangalore is full of talents which will welcome people to the park. Just we need to help people to showcase their talents. This will surely attract the people towards the park and they will go through others activities in the park i am sure.

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    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    JR Lobos project. ex cong mla. this is really terrible fountain after so much money. they could have used this money for beatification instead. This fountain is neither attractive nor cheap one for free display. waste of public money. why people dont come and pay for ticket... it is poorly designed and poorly thought thru. If you dont have any vision and just want to get some cut from public investment this is what happens.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Just open an outdoor pub and see how the revenue will flourish.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Adani should contribute towards Beautification of Mangalore ...

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  • Jeet, Mangaluru

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    No need to waste water. Use water at the required places. Plant more oxygen giving trees in that park area and maintain cleanliness.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Sir Make fountains in the Dirty water that is flowing into the river near Bolar and surrounding areas .. Please spend some money on facility management ..Always go for Public/ private partnership programs ..don't spend corporation money for such things ..if any 3rd party is interested let them come and setup the infrastructure just allot the required land on lease ..and collect the money from them ..on per ticket basis of what ever .

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  • RJS, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Hold people who were responsible accountable for wasting taxpayers money.

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  • Vijay kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Waste of public money. Destruction of beauty. 1. Musical fountain. 2. Lady hill circle, AB shetty circle, jyothi circle, which had beautiful fountains, reconstructed every 3 to 4 years. 3. Old clock tower was good enough. 4. Car street was beautiful in its vintage setting before road widening. 5. Mangalore has become diggers paradise. In the name of road widening, foot paths and rain water drains are destroyed. Sad state of people walking in knee deep water during monsoon. 6. Beautiful Old court building should have been maintained. Also the road which had a feel of the ghat section in the heart of the city is destroyed. 7. Tagore park was beautiful had beautiful dome lights and the art deco compound wall. 4 decades back it was destroyed by reconstructing pasting broken toilet tiles on cement. 8. Best would have been to shift offices and wholesale markets and all high rise apartments to the city outskirts, may be jeppina mogaru or kulur or padil. The old city could have been retained as a heritage center. The list goes on and on and on.

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  • piad, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Very sad to know this. Unfortunately now a days religion has become more important than developing nature and economy. But with only one attraction at the park how many times a person will go there?. there should be continuous developments in the park. They have to increase the children's /adults play facilities, like installing outdoor electronic games facilities, eat out area, renting out some area for private companies for promotion facilities etc.....

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Smart City😄.. All smart City projects are failure. Smart City only on paper.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    When this started itself I was sure that it would be a flop. When it was free for three months how to you expect people to come second, third and... ............... time to visit the musical fountain. Instead have some herbivores animals, reptiles in the park. . .

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