The proposed Chambal riverfront project in coaching hub Kota will outshine the Sabarmati riverfront of Ahmedabad. The project with an estimated cost of Rs 740 crore is being made as a new and unique concept for the tourists on the bank of river Chambal that flows through the city.
Like the Sabarmati, the Chambal is also a rain-fed river. The Chabmal river is a tributary of the Yamuna river and thus forms part of the greater Gangetic drainage system. The river flows north-northeast through Madhya Pradesh, running for a time through Rajasthan, then forming the boundary between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh before turning southeast to join the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh.
Unlike the Sabarmati project where the land was reclaimed, the Chambal riverfront will be built on the bank of Chambal river that flows downstream in the city of Kota.
“The Sabarmati riverfront was created at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore, but the Kota’s riverfront will be created at a cost of Rs 740 and it would be tourist-friendly riverfront with unique attributes. People will come to Kota to see the riverfront. The riverfront will have various ghats in the style of Varanasi’s Ganga ghats and will also have a meditation centre. It will have parks, boating facilities and unique architecture,” said urban development minister Shanti Dhariwal, who belongs to Kota.
Dhariwal has been developing Kota city as a model city and the Chambal riverfront is designed to make the historic city a tourism destination.
Ghats will be on focus in Chambal riverfront project
The primary focus of the riverfront will be to create various ghats that will have unique architectural structures. The most significant of the ghats will be the 360-meter-wide Rajasthan Virasat Ghat that will have the architecture of the nine regions of the state. It will be a grand amalgamation of the architecture of the various regions and what one would see would be a unique creation of an architectural marvel.
Apart from the Virasat Ghat, there will be Adhyatameek Ghat that will focus on yoga and meditation. The Nadi Ghat near the old cremation ground will reflect the architecture of the region.
“Various nullah in the catchment area of the Chambal river has been polluting the river. Now, the treatment plant on the nullah head will ensure that only filtered water flows into the river. This would solve Chambal’s pollution problem considerably. But the ghats remain the most attractive of all. There will be a Sahityik Ghat where the scholars can work. The Chhatri Ghat will give the pleasure of meditation,” said project’s architect Anup Bhartaria.
“The Kala and Sanskriti Ghat will be a ghat for the fine art and the Sanskriti Ghat will provide the local artists, a platform to perform. The canopies would be designed in the true style of the Hadauti architecture of the Hadauti region of which Kota is a part. The riverfront will have parks, temples and mosques also to provide a serene surrounding. It will also have LED lighting and the various parks will have flowers of the various regions. There will be food courts offering both regional and continental food” Bhartaria added.
The grand bell which will be installed in the riverfront will be one of the biggest in the world and the sound of the bell could be heard by the entire city. ‘The Kota’s Chambal riverfront will be different than the Sabarmati riverfront which is just like a concrete network. The Kota riverfront will have many splendored attributes through architecture.
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