Even as the public opposes interference in the name of development at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, the Horticulture Ministry seems to be keen on adding more “attractions” to this lung space.

At an interaction with the public on developments of Lalbagh on Thursday, Horticulture Minister Umesh V. Katti harped on the proposed rock garden in 20 acres behind the Kempe Gowda tower. “The beauty of the garden will not be affected,” Mr. Katti told a small gathering of walkers, environmentalists and public at the Kempe Gowda tower.

On other attractions at the garden, Mr. Katti said the department wanted to put in place a musical fountain, boating facility for visitors and a Niagara Falls replica.

Lalbagh Walkers' Association president Sadashiv was not impressed. He said: “It is better to keep Lalbagh as a botanical garden instead of converting it to a commercial park.”

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