Municipal body GHMC has bagged nine awards in the Garden Festival (Horticulture Expo) conducted by the Department of Horticulture in connection with the Republic Day celebrations held at the People’s Plaza, Necklace Road last week.

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The awards for various categories like landscaping, colony parks, theme parks and traffic islands were bagged by: Chacha Nehru Park (first prize), Jalagam Vengal Rao Park (second prize), Secunderabad Clock Tower Park (second prize), Indira Devi Dharma Reddy Colony (first prize), Sairamnagar Colony Park, Champapet (second prize), Vijayapuri Colony Park, R.K. Puram (first prize), Gun Park (first prize), Palmetum Park, Malakpet (second prize) and Adityanagar Resident Welfare Association (second prize). Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain and Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu on Thursday appreciated the urban bio-diversity team led by Additional Commissioner N. Chandramohan Reddy for winning the overall championship.