GHMC to develop the theme park in 3,500 square yards

Adding to its list of different theme-based gardens in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is readying a Japanese garden at Jubilee Hills.

Estimated to cost around Rs. 80 lakh and spread over 3,500 square yards at Road No.3, it incorporates the finer aspects of Japanese gardens such as stone benches, arch bridges, water plants and flora that go with the theme. The GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar visited the garden on Wednesday and instructed the officials to complete it in a month’s time.

The Additional Commissioner (Urban Biodiversity) N. Chandra Mohan Reddy said the garden was being dotted with features that usually are part of a garden in Japan such as Gazebo, stone benches, stone lanterns, stone bridges and designs prepared with small stone chips. “These gardens usually are not elaborate in nature, but come across as trimmed ones with trees that preferably have red-coloured leaves and are flowering,” he said. The Japanese garden is being set up with an all-round pathway set in granite stone and a small island in a pond which would be connected with a stone arched bridge. “We are planning to introduce five different coloured lilies in the pond,” Mr. Reddy said.

Solar lamps

A total of 12 solar lamps have been set up around the place. Authentic lanterns as used in Japanese gardens were scouted for and finally they are being acquired from Bangalore. Work is on to set up arch bridges carved out of single stone. “The theme for such gardens is usually informal and we are emulating the same to incorporate styles that are not in an order or in straight lines,” he added.

Apart from 49 major gardens in the city, the GHMC presently has 520 colony parks and 15 parks and gardens that are based on themes such as Palm Garden at Malakpet, Bamboo Garden and Bougainvillea Garden in Jubilee Hills.

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