Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jurassic theme park to open in Coimbatore

The prehistoric monsters of Coimbatore are set to come alive this summer. The city corporation is all set to throw open the gates of its Jurassic theme park during this summer vacation after almost a decade. The authorities have not only refurbished the park but have also given a makeover to the exhibits.

The giant dinosaurs will now roar when you walk past them. They are to be fitted with optical sensors to set off the vocal chords of these exhibits whenever someone goes near them. The park will also have an exhibit room with statues and tiles depicting various aspects of the prehistoric era.

"The work is progressing and we will finish it to throw open the park during the summer vacation in April," said C Sundarajan, Assistant Engineer (South), Coimbatore Corporation.

The main attraction of the park will be the four gigantic statues of dinosaurs including that of a Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex|), Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus fitted with audio speakers and lights installed in its eye sockets which will be triggered with the help of optical sensors installed around the statue.

"The dinosaur will roar and the lights will blink but not in a scary way whenever someone goes neat them. It will be a huge hit with the children and families during the vacation season," said S Arunkumar, maintenance work supervisor at the park.

As of now around 10 workers are engaged in painting the statues, cleaning up the walkways and pruning the hedges and also setting up a water fountain inside the park. The park will also have a separate section within it where miniature models of animals would be installed for children. These educational exhibits will display the names and behavioural traits of the corresponding animals.

"There will be elaborate audio arrangements across the park. We will also install additional lighting facilities," said R Mayilvanan, private contractor, River Green Landscape, Coimbatore.

The total estimate for the renovation of the park spread across 30 cents is expected to be around Rs 18 lakh. The park was in a dilapidated state after it closed its gates to the public almost a decade back. Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra said that the renovation work had begun in January and will be completed by April.

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