Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Botanical garden to come up around Linganbudhi lake

Sate Government has sanctioned Rs 70 lakh in first phase, 
and  officials are hoping to make it attractive 
on the lines of the Lalbagh.
A botanical garden is being planned in an area stretching 15 acres surrounding the Lingambudhi lake, where around thousand different species of flowers and plants will be grown. Exotic and rare varieties
of roses, different coloured Opentia, Wasabi plants, medicinal plants will be grown.

The garden will not only improve the city's green cover, whereas will be an  educational aid to teach children in identifying different species of plants and flowers. The garden will have a modern outlook in tune with the present times and plans are there to come up with playground for children in future. Officials are hoping to make it attractive on the lines of the Lalbagh in Bangalore and develop it as one of the major tourist center.

The total estimated cost of the project is approximately around Rs 10 crore and is planned to completed in four-five phases. State Government has sanctioned Rs 70 lakh in first phase, where work on  pathways, construction of Horticulture Department's office, Gazebo, construction of artificial boating pond and road, planting of various kinds of botanical plants, sitting arrangements, borewells and others works will be taken. The place was handed over by Forest Department to Horticulture Department  in 2011.

Water Harvesting
With the huge  catchment area surrounding the lake, the Horticulture Department is planning to harvest around 50 lakh liters of water every year. Thus, Water harvesting will be implemented in five acres of land.

Horticulture Assistant Director Balu BP Gowda said the works will commence in two months time and for time being they have blocked sewage water entering the lake. “Four sewage pipelines from the neighbouring
localities of Ramakrishna Nagar, Kuvempunagar, Srirampura and other localities are let directly into lake and it has to be stopped,” he added, stating if delayed it might hinder the rain water harvesting process.

The officials have even written a letter to the Corporation in this regard seeking permanent diversion of sewage entering the lake. They have obtained permission from the Forest Department to fell 243 Eucalyptus trees in the surroundings of the lake where the garden will come up and steps have been taken to conserve around 50 coconut tree, which already exist in place.

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