A huge variety of palms, a corner for cyclists, bridges and rivulets, huts and benches, eating joint — the newly inaugurated Garden of Palms in Sector 42 flaunts all this and more.
Launched by K K Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator, on Thursday evening, the event also marked the release of a brochure on “Festivals of Chandigarh” complete with information on events organised by Chandigarh Tourism from time to time for the promotion of tourism.
Anil Kumar, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Tourism, said that with the efforts of Engineering Department, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism, an elegant Garden of Palms had come into existence. Constructed at a cost of Rs 5 crore, with contribution from Central Financial Assistance, Ministry of Tourism and the Engineering Department, the Garden of Palms consists of 21 varieties of palms making for a 100-plus plants along with a tourist information centre, adventure tourism cycling infrastructure, tourist multiplay system, tourist huts and benches, and walkways for tourists. Artistically designed bridges over the rivulet have been constructed for the convenience of public and tourists along with an artificial lake, public toilets and parking facility.
“We are promoting Chandigarh as a city of greens and gardens,” added Kumar, mentioning Garden of Springs in Sector 53, Japanese Garden in Sector 31 and Garden of Conifer in Sector 52.
Tanvi Garg, Director Tourism, said that to facilitate the residents and the tourists, it had been decided to open a cafeteria shortly in the beautiful garden to be run by Society for Tourism & Entertainment Promotions in Chandigarh. This cafeteria would facilitate the visitors from ISBT, Sector 43, who would have refreshments besides availing of all information about tourist places from the Tourist Information Centre. She added that wi-fi facility would be provided in the garden.
M M Sabharwal, Director Public Relation, Sumit Kaur, Chief Architect, and senior officers of Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation along with Mayor Harphul Chander Kalyan and ex-area councillor Bhupinder Singh Badheri were also present.