Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Tourist spots in the State which are under the control of the Horticulture Department will be raised to international standards, said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugham.

Inaugurating the 114th Annual Floral Carnival (AFC) at the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) here on Friday, he said that in keeping with the move the GBG will be improved at a cost of Rs. 21.29 crore.

Stating that the Government Rose Garden (GRG) here will also be made more attractive at a cost of Rs. 13.70 crore, he said that the Sim's Park in Coonoor would be beautified by spending Rs. 13.73 crore.

Pointing out that the objective was to attract more tourists, he said that a botanical garden of global standard was in the process of being created along the Cathedral Road in Chennai at an estimated cost of Rs.7.86 crore. A garden will come up at Yercaud at a cost of Rs. 11 crore.