RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT GANGA BARRAGE
Client: Kanpur Development Authority
Master Planner & Architect: Design Accord
Area: 53 Acres
Status: Ongoing Since 2014
An ambitious plan to completely make over the riverfront next to Ganges at Kanpur has been taken up by Special Cell of Ganga Action Plan with the effort to convert the space into a Major City Level Park and Recreational hub for the region. Inspired by Gardens by the Bay Singapore, this Urban Park will also include watch tower facilities– The Flames of Life with panoramic views of the river expanse serving as the focal point of the riverbank.
The basic zoning of the area comprises of a river facing land strip holding the vibrant riverfront promenade, the Ghats, the food street and the Flame of Life towers. The inner face of the land strip holds on one side the water park and on the other, an amphitheatre, both of which look inwardly towards a lake, created out of a natural depression.
The central design for the park is a unique biodiversity belt stringed around the artificial lake accompanied by a constructed wetland curved out of the natural basin within the park. A walk through the park passing through the botanical gardens, the visitors centre and an exclusive water museum, students and citizens can get educated on the importance of water & ecology.
First of its kind in the region, a Drive-in-Cinema, proposed within the park precincts will be the high point of outdoor attraction for the local public in the evening. A banquet facility with 3 big party lawns, a High Street Mall, Kid’s Museum and a Family Entertainment Centre energizes this edge of the park towards the city.
Enough lighting, well spread amenities, buzzing activities and involvement of the public in different fringes of the park at different times of the day would make the park a secured and safe environment for all.