Asia’s biggest botanical garden will come up in Naya Raipur with the Chhattisgarh governmentinitiating work on the ecotourism project.
The State Forest Department has already started work in this connection near Khandwa village of the new capital, located around 23 kmfrom Raipur.
Chief Minister Raman Singh has a keen interest in promoting ecotourism and it was as per his initiative that the garden would be developed on 153 hectares of area near the Khandwa reservoir, close to the planned forest safari, according to an official here.
A team comprising National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow scientist Dr. R.K. Ray, Chhattisgarh Forest Research Centre Director K.C. Yadav and several other experts inspected the proposed site on Wednesday, the official said.
They also held a discussion with chief executive of the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) Amit Kataria and officials of the forest and other departments concerned.
The botanical garden will house plants of different varieties and species, which will also be used extensively for research purpose by the students and teachers of botany. Plants samples would be collected from all districts for plantation at the garden. Plant germplasm would also be preserved for the future, he said.
As per the plan, different preservation areas would be created in the garden, including palm house, cactus house and bonsai house, etc. Besides, the area will also have a butterfly garden to attract the visitors. — PTI