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APART FROM making arrangements for the second International Yoga Day, Chandigarh engineering department has additional task at hand: to get lotus flowers to decorate Capitol Complex.
During a site visit on June 11, Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State, ministry of Ayush, had directed the Chandigarh administration to use lotus flower, symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to decorate the Complex for the International Yoga Day event that will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 21. The minister had asked UT adviser Parimal Rai to fill both the pools in front of Assembly, where the main stage is to be set up, with lotus flowers.
The department has approached a city-based nursery — Filedman Nursery — to supply around 1,000 flowers in white and pink colours. Due to non-availability of lotus in the region during the ongoing season, Rahul Mahajan, owner of the nursery, said that they would have to get the flowers from either Maharashtra or Bengaluru.
The nursery supplied a few samples of the white colour flower which were put in the pools on Wednesday. To make the flowers float at one place, the workers were seen tying small pieces of brick on the roots. To make the flowers last long, the department will have to put soil at the base of the pool.
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Each flower will cost around Rs 200 and a tender is to be floated. When contacted, UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand said they would use lotus flower for decoration, as desired by the minister. He, however, claimed that they were making efforts to arrange for the flowers locally.
The mega event will be attended by around 30,000 participants. The Chandigarh administration is already spending Rs 4.5 lakh on planting around 4,000 ornamental plants at the Complex. Besides, a total of 1,000 earthen pots with different varieties of bloomed flowers will placed across the venue. As many as 200 each Dwarf Chandni, Tecoma Stans, Hamelia Patens, Ficus Tall, Junipers and Areca Palm; 50 Golden Bottle Topiary and 2,000 Ground Cover will be planted at the Capitol Complex.