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Shri Narendra Modi said, “Earlier, Kankaria used to be in the news mostly for the wrong reasons, as lots of people used to commit suicide there. At the Kankaria Carnival this year, a majority of the participants are from the slum areas of Ahmedabad. I request Amdavadis to encourage the city’s slum kids to achieve great heights in life.” These were the CM’s views while he inaugurated the Kankaria Carnival 2010. He said that a total of 90 lakh people have visited Kankaria lake in the last two years which is double compared to the entire population of Ahmedabad.

The week-long carnival kick-started with great enthusiasm on 25th December, which has been successfully organized by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for the past 3 years. The inauguration was followed by a gala parade in which various cultural groups, city and state police, bands and horses took part. The crowd puller on the inaugural event was a skit on Gujarat and its culture by cast and crew of popular television serial ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma.’

This year the gala carnival got bigger. It saw performances from at least 40 schools and specialized institutions of Ahmedabad. The carnival also witnessed various regional associations from Punjab, Orissa, Assam, Bihar, Kerala and Maharashtra who performed their regional dances. A series highlighting the diversity of communities that work and live in Ahmedabad was also planned. It was named ‘Bharat Jodo’ and it showcased a series of cultural programs.

One main attraction was floating on Kankaria in a water-bubble. The huge polyurethane balloons are filled with oxygen and then the rider is sealed inside it. The water bubble then floats on the lake with people inside. If this becomes a success, it will be a permanent feature at Kankaria, which already has Ahmedabad Eye and Atal Express as the attractions for visitors. Apart from these, programs were planned for people of all age groups and strata, right from the slum children to senior citizens. The AMC had also organized sports like parasailing, bubble ride etc for visitors’ recreation at Kankaria, apart from boating in the lake. The participants at the carnival had prepared 630 types of different rangolis around the lake which was a treat to the eyes!

A spectacular show of fireworks, various stage events, lighting, and other activities like laser shows were some of the attractions. Shri Narendra Modi, in his inaugural speech also requested the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to name Jamalpur over bridge after Shri Ashok Bhatt who “served this city for six decades” and his request was immediately accepted. The Minister also opened Santaram water plant through remote control during the ceremony and announced the grand opening of ‘Kids City’ during the carnival.
The carnival was a celebration and an extravaganza that lasted till 31st December.

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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has rightly said, “A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”

This is also the case with the beautiful Kankaria Lake of Ahmedabad. Kankaria actually seems to be boasting and expressing its magnificence after the developments. An artificial lake with 34 sides, this lake is the most favorite picnic spots for the people of the city. The facelift given to this lake has made wonders. The lush green surroundings to the lake and the cleanliness can make one fall in love with the place. The pleasing view of the lake, the serene atmosphere, chirping of birds, humming noises and the green borders to the wide spread water body makes Kankaria the perfect place for peace-seeking people.

This new Kankaria took birth on the 25th December, 2008. The present Honorable Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kankaria Lake and to celebrate this event, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had organized a week long event called “Kankaria Carnival”, which was one of its kinds in the history. The carnival had some unique events like the senior citizens’ marathon, sky diving from helicopter and display of fire works.

Stroll along the walk ways, rest on the benches, go boating, chug into the mouth watering dishes or get aboard the toy train and be a child again – the development of Kankaria has left you with tons of options. The central garden called Nagina Wadi, which means a beautiful garden in Urdu, was also revamped in this process of development. Kankaria is also home to some of the rare species of birds and animals at the huge Kankaria Zoo. An aquarium, a gym called Ambubhai Vyayamshala which was renamed AMC Indoor Stadium, Bal Vatika and the natural history museum are other attractions.

Nights are all the more colorful at Kankaria with a laser sound and light show at Nagina Wadi that attracts the visitors further more. To add a feather to the huge cap of Kankaria, a tethered helium balloon, imported from Amsterdam, named “Ahmedabad Eye” is all set to be in air by September this year. The balloon can carry 30 persons and go up to 360 feet height at a time.

After the development, in these 2 years, more than 50 lakh people have visited the place. When are you planning to go?

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