Even two years after the Chandigarh Administration made proposals to construct theme-based parks in Chandigarh,the City Beautiful awaits these tourist attractions. With only two of these gardens,Garden of Silence at the regulator end of Sukhna Lake and Valley Of Animals,Sector 49,nearing completion,four more theme-based gardens are under construction.
The proposal of theme-based gardens was taken by the Ministry of Tourism,around two years back,in an effort to promote Chandigarh as a tourist hub. Resultantly,construction of Garden of Silence,Garden of Palms in Sector 42,Garden of Springs in Sector 53,Valley of Animals,Garden of Conifers in Sector 52 and Japanese Garden in Sector 31 began last year. The projects are being implemented by the Municipal Corporation and the UT Engineering Committee.
The completion of such huge projects involves two steps,construction of the initial design and framework and work of the horticulture department. A minimum of two monsoon seasons is required before they can be inaugurated, said AK Malhotra,General Manager (Tourism).
Construction of Garden of Palms is bound to be completed next year. It will have a tourist reception centre in the shape of a saucer,making it a tourism hub in the southern sector. Since Garden of Springs,along the entry point between Mohali and Chandigarh,is in a low-lying area,the process of earth filling is in progress and the garden will be completed next year. These gardens are being developed with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Tourism to promote garden tourism and enhance the image and entity of Chandigarh as a city of greens and gardens, Malhotra said.
In a one-of-its-kind effort,the green belts of Sector 31 A and B will be connected with the green belts of Sector 31 C and D through an underground tunnel,which is part of the Japanese Garden. The walls of the tunnel will contain aquatic features in both three dimensional and panorama effect. In addition to this,the garden will contain various other Japanese features such as pagodas.
The main interest of the Chandigarh Administration is to develop the gardens in the southern belt of the city,which will lend impetus to tourism in the region. With the ball in motion,a new kind of garden tourism will be witnessed for the first time, added Malhotra.