With little eco or green at the Kanshiram Green Eco Garden built by the Mayawati government,the Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to give it some greenery.
Spread over 73 hectares and made at a cost of Rs 1,075 crore,the garden has date palm,bamboo and banana trees all made of bronze. Also,there are bronze statues of elephants,chimpanzee,rhinoceros,hippopotamus,deer,bear,tiger,leopard,crocodile,tortoises,rabbit,peacock,owl,eagle and hawk.
A senior official of the management and maintenance committee of the parks and memorials said they had decided to undertake tree plantation in the vast garden beginning July 4,which is the first day of Van Mahotsav,in order to give it a green cover.
The Forest Department recently conducted a survey of the garden and identified the places along the boundary wall on the inside for plantation of trees. The department has selected the types of trees that will give a green look to the garden and provide shade to visitors,the official said.
Presently there is no greenery in the garden. There is only a central mound having grass cover and two northern and southern lawns having plantation of cycas. The rest of the area has only stone structures that generate heat in the summers. There is no shade in the entire 73-hectare park that can give relief to visitors from the scorching sun, said an official.
The UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN) was the construction agency of the garden. A UPRNN official said that the BSP government had spent Rs 36 crore on the bronze statues of animals and trees. It had deployed 1,261 employees to maintain the garden.
PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav had inspected the garden on June 9 and raised questions over the utility of the bronze statues of trees and animals.