The work on Futala Viewing Gallery and cement concrete (CC) road project is progressing fast. It is a Central Road Fund (CRF) project and the cost is around Rs 113 crore. The entire project will be completed in time.
There are three components of the project:
1) Viewing Gallery with Projector Room
2) Multilevel Parking Plaza
3) Cement Concrete Road
â€¢ Viewing Gallery with Projector Room
The length of the gallery is 350 m and the seating capacity is 4,000. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is developing a multimedia laser show in Futala lake and people can watch it from the gallery. A project room is being built besides the gallery for the show. The gallery will be fully covered with a 350 m long tensile roof.
There will be parking space near the gallery. It will have parking slots for 13 cars, 24 two-wheelers and 24 bicycles.
â€¢ Multilevel Parking Plaza
A multilevel parking will be built near the gallery so that people coming to watch the show can park their vehicles. It will be a mechanized puzzle parking. There will be 1,000 parking slots for cars and 305 slots for two-wheelers.
â€¢ Cement Concrete Road
The length of the road is 2.86 kilometer. It is along the Futala lake in rear of the gallery and on approaches. It is 18 m wide and is 90% complete.
The Nagpur Heritage Committee reviewed the project on June 15 without any objection. Earlier, Maha Metro, as per directions of Public Works Department (PWD), had planned to construct a road tunnel below the gallery. However, this tunnel was dropped in January 2019 and the final drawing approved by PWD in October 2019 did not include the tunnel. NITâ€™s consultant for the multimedia laser show had told Maha Metro that the tunnel wall below the gallery will have acoustics problems and other technical issues. Hence, Maha Metro prepared a new design. As per the new design a cement concrete road is being built behind the gallery instead.