Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: There is a proposal to enhance the beauty of the Government Botanical Garden and the Government Rose Garden here at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.7 crore, said the Joint Director of Horticulture, C.Israil, here on Tuesday.

He told The Hindu that reputed architects would help implement the programme. The objective was to add value and also enable everyone particularly the physically challenged persons to enjoy the beauty of the gardens.

For the benefit of the physically challenged persons, the old and the infirm, a hi-tech green house containing many varieties would be put up at a suitable place inside the rose garden. A special audio-visual facility would be provided near the threshold of the botanical garden.

A hitherto unused piece of land extending over about four acres in the upper part of the botanical garden would be developed. Mr. Israil said that efforts would also be made to prevent vehicles from entering the garden and improve parking facilities.

Since wild animal menace was a major source of concern at the Sim’s Park in Coonoor, it had been proposed to fence the entire park extending over about 12.14 hectares. A sum of Rs. 65 lakh had been sought to improve the park.

The number of varieties in the rose garden now was 3,500, said the Assistant Director of Horticulture, A.J.Jagadeesh Kumar. It would go up by 150 soon. As part of the improvement work, it was proposed to erect a tower which would enable visitors to get a bird’s eye view of many parts of the hill station. Work on establishing a heritage section would also be expedited, he added.