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‘Break monotony associated with floral carnival’

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Getting ready: The cordoned-off main lawn of the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam.
Getting ready: The cordoned-off main lawn of the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam.

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: Even as a meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday is expected to finalise the dates of the 2008 Annual Floral Carnival and speed up the arrangements at the Government Botanical Garden here, a view shared by residents and many regular visitors is that concerted efforts should be made by the organisers to add some novelty to the proceedings.

Pointing out that the show which was about to enter its 112th year was of late being remembered more for its monotony than its floral feast, they told The Hindu that it was high time the organisers went in for value addition.

Though every year the organisers assured that the focus would be only on the flowers, the shows invariably ended up as ‘village melas’ with hawkers of various items invading the venue soon after the inauguration.

Expressing the hope that at least during this year’s show adequate precautionary measures would be taken to reverse the trend, they hoped that the event which has for long been considered to be the piece de resistance of the season would be organised in a ‘refreshingly different’ manner.

It is common knowledge that almost every year the vendors enter the venue, thanks to the ‘benevolence’ of those who are awarded the right through tender to collect the entry fees to the show or the pressure applied by politicians at various levels.

The resultant littering of the venue with items including discarded mangoes and left overs in food packets made it difficult for the garden to recover from the effects of hosting the event.

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