CHENNAI: Children in Aiyappa Nagar are in for a treat as the Chennai Corporation is going to revamp their playing field with state-of-the-art equipment. The playfield, which is currently revamped, is likely to get a new lease of life in the next 30 days, says a Chennai Corporation official.
The playfield has been attracting children from Chinmaya Nagar, Aiyappa Nagar as well as kids from Nerkundram. The Corporation official said that there are plans to have a Kids Fun Station which will have 10 to 15 activities in one set-up.
“We have already set up such a space along the SAF Games Village in Koyambedu,” she said. “This equipment is likely to be imported,” she said adding that the cost could be around `6 to `7 lakh. While this sounds impressive, the work is a dampener for kids in the vicinity who are eagerly awaiting to get back to the playfield. Reena, a class IV student who is on her vacation, says she comes to attend the dance class nearby, after which her mother takes her to park. “Now I have to wait one month longer and by then the school will start,” she tells us woefully.
The Chennai Corporation is planning to have six swings along the playfield at a cost of `1.5 lakh. “We will also be planting herbal plants and giving the playfield a green look,” the official says.
The official said that the Corporation is giving a new lease of life to all the parks and playfields. “About seven to eight playfields and nine parks in Koyambedu division have been renovated,” says the official.
Talking about other development projects, she adds that a 600 metre footpath is also being laid from Chinmaya Nagar Stage I to V V Koil Street. She added that the Koyambedu division has plans to have a cycle track, walkway and approach roads to link Koyambedu and CMBT metro stations. “We are planning to have 26 to 30 approach roads linking the two metro stations.”
However, she stated that lighting of the market road linking Poonamallee High Road to Koyambedu market lies with the CMDA. “It is their duty to ensure adequate lighting is maintained along the stretch,” the official says.