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Kolkata's botanical gardens awaits a makeover
Mar 6, 2007 - 9:20:02 AM

Kolkata, March 6 - Battery-driven cars taking tourists over the vast greens, couples boating in placid lakes with trees playing cupid and special facilities for the elderly to roam, Kolkata's 220-year-old botanical gardens is getting ready for a makeover.

The Indian Botanic Garden, famous worldwide for its endangered plants and the over 250-year-old banyan tree, is going to be revamped to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.

'We have plans to provide special facilities for octogenarians and the disabled so they can cover the entire 273 acres of the garden. We also have plans to start boating services in all 24 lakes in the garden,' said Girija Shankar Giri, superintendent of the picturesque Indian Botanic Garden on the banks of the Ganges.

'We also have plans to introduce battery-driven vehicles inside the garden to make it convenient for tourists. The battery-driven vehicles will be eco friendly and also help visitors in enjoying a tour without any hassles,' Giri told IANS.

He admitted that this would take time to implement.

Indian Botanic Garden, one of the most famous in the world, was founded by Robert Kyd in 1787 as 'Company Garden' under East India Company's patronage.

The garden, barely 25 km away from the international airport, is renowned for its rich variety of more than 1,200 trees and shrubs and herbs representing over 1,400 different species.

Visited by hundreds of foreign tourists and many more domestic ones, the garden also attracts many students from India and abroad who come here to do research.

And to make sure that nothing goes wrong, the management is going to introduce walkie-talkie devices for security personnel.

'This technical support will help connect all the 25 sections of the garden. This initiative will shortly come into effect,' he said.

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