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VISAKHAPATNAM, OCT. 19. Arrangements are apace for the four-day flower show being organised by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority atop Kailasagiri. It will be inaugurated by the Minister for Commercial Taxes, Konathala Ramakrishna.
"Special efforts are being taken to cope with the huge turnout expected for the show," the VUDA Vice-Chairman and Special Officer, D. Sreenivasulu, told press conference on Tuesday.
Over 50 stalls, exhibiting seasonal and rare species of flowers, several of them brought from Bangalore, would be on display from October 21 to 24, coinciding with the festive season.
More parking lots were being set up in view of the experience in the past, he said. "They will be located near the microwave towers (for staff, mediapersons, stallholders and VIPs), Titanic Viewpoint, Tenneti Park and near Shanti Ashram on Beach Road.'' College students had volunteered their services for the show, Mr. Sreenivasulu said. Apart from regular RTC services from different parts of the city, shuttle services would be in place between Tenneti Park and Kailasa Hill. Agriculture, Horticulture and Sericulture Departments, DWMA, ITDA, DRDA-Velugu, etc., would participate in the show, besides several private companies, he said.
The VUDA Vice-Chairman said that to enthuse kids, a painting competition would be conducted for children up to 15 years in four age groups, including those below five years, on Thursday at VUDA Children's Theatre and Kaialsa Hill. The theme would be: "Colourful flowers -- a sign of beauty and joy."
An exhibition for amateur photographers will also be held from Thursday to Saturday. The photographs submitted will be displayed at the Art Gallery atop the hill. On all evenings, there will be cultural programmes.
Seminar on Bonsai
The Horticulture Assistant Director, Ramesh, said a seminar on Bonsai would be held on Friday and the Bonsai Society of Hyderabad would put up its entries. Apart from several rare and exotic flowers from Bangalore, tropical orchids from the district would be on display. The exhibition includes vegetable and fruits and medicinal and aromatic plants.
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