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Naidu to inaugurate snow theme park today

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A view of cryozone at Snow World, a snow theme park, on the Lower Tank Bund Road in Hyderabad. — K. Ramesh Babu

Hyderabad , Jan. 25

THE Rs 12-crore Snow World, touted to be the world's biggest and the country's first snow theme park, will be opened by Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, the caretaker Chief Minister, here on Monday.

Set up on a two-acre plot on the Lower Tank Bund Road, the park comprises a Cryozone that opens up a world of snow for the people in this part of the world who would, otherwise, have to spend thousands of rupees to have a feel of it.

"The zone would have a snow playground with a 300-degree mountain horizon," Mr Thimmaiah Gupta, Chairman of Ocean Park Multitech Ltd (OPML), told a press conference.

OPML runs `Ocean Park', an water theme amusement park, near Gandipet near here.

OPML has taken out the two-acre plot on a 33-year lease from the State Government at Rs 36 lakh per year rent for setting up the park. "The rent will go up by 5 per cent every year," he said.

The entrance fee for adults is Rs 250 per head and for children it is Rs 200 for a one-hour show. As many as 2,400 people can peep into the zone a day. "At any point of time, 300 people can take a walk in the zone," he said.

Designed by renowned architect, Mr Nithish Roy, the zone would have features such as kids snow play area, snow wars, snow tube slide, sleigh slide, ice bumping cars, merry-go-round and ice skating.

Mr M. Venkateswara Rao, Managing Director, said the visitors would be guided to the cryozone in internationally approved acclimatised methods. "It will help people to get accustomed to the sub-zero temperature," he said.Mr Thimmaiah said the company would launch special packages for group visits.

He appealed to the Government to accord industry status to the tourism industry and come out with special incentives.

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