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New features coming up at Sims Park

Beautification drive: Workers planting seedlings at the Sims Park in Coonoor on Saturday.

Beautification drive: Workers planting seedlings at the Sims Park in Coonoor on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: – Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Special Correspondent

Development of the park a priority, says official

Udhagamandalam: Come summer, the Sims Park in Coonoor is likely to sport a number of new features. Stating this to The Hindu here on Saturday, the Assistant Director of Horticulture B. Ramakrishnan said that works will begin soon on the construction of a water cascade near the lake at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh under a Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) sponsored scheme.

Pointing out that Rs. 10 lakh has been earmarked for developing the roads, he said that a bridge connecting the old and new garden would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh.

New boats would be provided.

Stating that planting operations were in full swing, he said that about 80 thousand plants representing 15 varieties including salvia, delphinium, marigold, cleone, verbena, stock and sapnaria would be planted.

To a query, Mr. Ramakrishnan said that most of the plants had been raised from imported hybrid seeds.

All the flowers would be in full bloom by the third week of April.

The lawns would be improved systematically.

The Department of Horticulture was according high priority to the development of the Sims Park.

Pointing out that though the 135-year-old park extended over 12.14 hectares, only nine had been developed till about a year ago, he said that about two hectares were in the process of being developed.

The Park attracted about five lakh tourists every year.

Meanwhile M. Prakasam, the Assistant Director of Horticulture in-charge of the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam said that with the planting of perennials having been completed, workers will start planting annuals from Monday.

Lamenting that due to various factors including severe frost the main lawn was not wearing a verdant look, he said that steps would be taken to improve its appearance.

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