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Rock garden proposed in city

By R. Balaji

VIJAYAWADA, JULY 5. There is something to cheer about for Vijayawadaites!

The city might boast of a unique rock garden in its midst by the next three months if the District Tourism Department finds suitable land.

Unique natural rock pieces, artificially sculpted rocks in varied eye-catching shapes and hues, with matching waterfalls, cactus and bamboo trees would adorn the proposed rock garden. The project, estimated to cost about Rs. 15 lakhs, has been approved by the District Collector, K. Prabhakar Reddy, recently. But the department, however, is still in the process of zeroing on a suitable piece of land.

Speaking to The Hindu , the District Tourism Officer, Subbalakshmi Subramaniam, said here on Monday that about three to four places had been identified in the city and its peripheries. She said emphasis would be on land within the city so that people can commute easily. The department had sought land either at the Eluru Canal towards Guntur or the vast track of unused lands encompassing the Mogalrajapuram caves. A decision on selecting the required land would be taken in the next few weeks.

According to Ms. Subramaniam, efforts were on to take the assistance of the Karnataka Institute of Wood Science to procure the necessary bamboo material for the garden.

Similarly, she said, consultants were being hired to locate, identify and select the different types of rocks for installation. Some of the unique rocks with shades of green, blue, white and red were available on the river bed of Krishna at Namboor, Narasaraopet and Pondicherry. The consultants would be asked to explore these places and choose the best material for the purpose.

Ms. Subramaniam indicated that if necessary, private parties might also be involved either in the setting up or maintaining the garden. One proposal that was under active consideration of the department is to take up the construction of the garden and later hand it over to some private parties for maintenance. The private party entrusted with the job could earn revenue for its service by setting up a restaurant or fast food joint at the place.

"If everything goes well, we hope to execute the project in another three months as there would be no difficulty in locating rocks and other paraphernalia required. But much depends on the selection of the land,'' Ms. Subramaniam added.

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