Administration of Chandigarh has come up with plans for six more gardens around
the city at an expense of several crores. New gardens that are being planned
include a Japanese Garden, a Garden of Palms, and a Valley of Animals, and this
has not gone down too well with the Union Minister for tourism.
Scene So Far in Chandigarh
which is the capital of both Punjab and Haryana and also a Union Territory, has
the distinction of being a beautifully laid out city with many enchanting
gardens and parks and is a good place to holiday in Punjab.
The city has
several parks that attract tourists like the Rock Garden, which has beautiful
works of art made entirely out of waste material – industrial and urban waste
like broken chinaware and glass. There is also the popular Rose Garden that
houses over 1600 varieties of roses.
Bougainvillea Garden, open since 1976, provides a vibrant display of colors,
with around 65 different species of Bougainvillea. There are other magnificent
gardens beside these, like the Fitness Trail and Flower Garden and the Garden
of Fragrance.Some eyebrows
were raised when the Administration came up with six additional plans for
gardens within the city. Varieties of Chandigarh tour packages are available.
Union Minister’s Views
seem to have brought the UT Administration into a confrontation of sorts with
the Union Minister for Tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai. While attending the North
India Cinematic Tourism Conclave in the city recently, Sahai asserted that the
Tourism Ministry believed in giving every help to the State Governments in
their efforts to attract tourists. However, he did not find the idea of putting
up more gardens to attract tourists a feasible one.
and gardens can't help increase tourism and city needs big attractions, which
can hold visitors and develop it into a world class centre of tourism" said
He said that
tourism was a major industry that contributed significantly to the country’s
revenue. But, he felt that bigger attractions were needed and that the money
would be better spent on plans that would bring in tourists and make them stay.
has become the largest revenue generating sectors now and one will have to
create such things, which can attract and hold the tourists and get them to
spend as much as possible. I am ready to give every kind of help to the city
and neighboring states and have told their authorities to come up with big
tourism-friendly projects. We have also started our exercise in this regard and
are bringing up lots of new things in the upcoming 12th five year plan"
Mr. Sahai said.
attracted a lot of tourists with its beautiful architecture and gardens. The
issue now is on whether the city needs more gardens or whether it should choose
other options to attract tourists.