Benglaluru's famed Lalbagh Botanical Gardens will now get a mini Niagara falls soon. Forget traffic congestion and pollution, the city of Bengaluru will soon be known for the spectacle of a 25 feet tall waterfall that has a width of 120 feet that is set to come up.
The Times of India reports that though the plan has been on the cards for a couple of years now, the construction work will commence only now.
Water from the big lake will be pumped into the small lake using a 250 HP motor, thus recreating the Niagara.
Bangalore Mirror reported that the mini Niagara falls will be built with an estimated cost of Rs 2.7 Crore. By recreating a mini version of the world's largest waterfall, the department of parks and gardens hope that the new addition to Lalbagh will attract not just tourists, but also people from the city.
Speaking about the plan, Dr M Jagadish, joint director, parks and garden, Lalbagh told BM that the water in the small and big lakes in the garden will be utilized to create the waterfall.
â€œThe small lake is surrounded by a quarry. We thought this would be ideal to build a waterfall-like structure. Water from the big lake will be pumped to flow into the small lake and the steep inline between them would give the appearance of a waterfall," he was quoted as saying.
While Rs 2.5 lakh has already been released to the Public Works Department (PWD), they are in the process of consulting waterfall experts and environmentalists and is expected to bring out the replica of Niagara falls soon.
Joint Director Jagadish seemed optimistic as he said that the work will commence in another week and is expected to be completed within a period of six months.
Saying that the continuous rotation of water will cause aeration of water, it will be able to bring down the temperature in the park considerably. This will also have a positive impact on the air quality. Jagdish dismissed concerns of water scarcity.