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Guwahati : Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday inaugurated the Botanical Garden built at the area of land in the city’s Fancy Bazar locality that once housed the Guwahati Central Jail. Spanning an area of 36 bighas of land, including 2.58 acres of water bodies, the botanical garden has been built at a cost of Rs. 59 crore on which as many as 85,000 number of plants belonging to more than 230 indigenous species of flora have been planted. Also, a dedicated space of around 2.08 acres has been dedicated for medicinal plants in the botanical garden.
Addressing the ceremony held in correlation with the inaugural event, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said after the Guwahati Central Jail was shifted to Lokhra, it was initially decided that a shopping mall would be constructed at the vacant land. With the Bharatiya Janata Party government coming to power in 2016, a decision was reached that instead of a shopping mall, a public park/garden should be built in the land and the approval for the same was granted during his tenure as the Minister of the Guwahati Development Department, the Chief Minister said, adding that due to a number of reasons, construction activities for the park could start only after he became the Chief Minister of the State. Expressing happiness over the latest addition to Guwahati’s public infrastructure, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma said today’s inauguration of the Botanical Garden would provide a great amount of open spaces for the residents of Northeast India’s largest city.
In the Botanical Garden inauguration event, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma was accompanied by Minister for Development of Housing & Urban Affairs Ashok Singhal, Member of Parliament Queen Ojha, Commissioner & Secretary of DoHUA Kavita Padmanabhan, among others.