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'Annual floral carnival to be made a memorable event'

Udhagamandalam: Efforts would be made to make this year's Annual Floral Carnival at the Government Botanical Garden here a memorable one.

The Assistant Director of Horticulture, M. Murugan, told The Hindu on Tuesday that with the help of local residents, steps would be taken to revive the famed 'market show.'

Until a few decades ago the market shows, which enabled people to display flowers and vegetables on main roads of the town, were an integral part of the carnival.

The demand to revive this had been growing over the last few years, he said.

Flower shows of the last two years had been affected by unfavourable weather, he said.

Arrangements

This year elaborate arrangements were being made in the hope that the conditions over the next few months would be ideal for growing flowers., Mr. Murugan said.

A heavy flow of tourists was expected this summer, he said. The number of foreign tourists was quite high.

While 25 per cent of the planting had been completed, the remaining beds would be covered in a phased manner before February 10.

Though the intensity of the frost had come down, the young plants would continue to be protected till early February.

For the first time it was proposed to sterilise the soil in some of the beds since adverse weather had badly affected flowers like Inca Marigold last year.

It was also proposed to replace signboards inside the garden with aesthetically designed ones before the end of March.

More facilities

Mr. Murugan said that by next month new lights would be installed near the entrance of the garden at a cost of Rs. 3 lakhs under the Hill Area Development Programme.

A surveillance system would also be in place near the entrance at a cost of Rs. 3 lakhs.

Civil works

Stating that Rs. 10 lakhs would be spent on various other civil works, he said that facilities would be provided for the aged, physically challenged and infirm to see the entire garden through a home theatre system installed near the entrance.

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