Country's second tulip garden to be built in Uttarakhand
(Sourced from PTI)
Uttarakhand's first tulip garden will come up over 50 hectares of forest land in Pithoragarh district at a cost of Rs. 50cr. The state government has obtained the Center's nod for development of the garden. To be developed by ONGC, under its CSR program in over 50 hectares of forest land near Chandak hill top, the proposed tulip garden will be the country's second.
The first one is located in Srinagar (J&K), state finance minister and Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant informed. It will be even larger than the one in Srinagar, he said. The site in Mad village near Chandak hilltop for the garden to be developed at a cost of Rs. 50cr has been selected under the state Government's '13 districts, 13 new destinations' scheme, Pant added.
This initiative has been taken to attract more tourists to the district, Pant said. "We are fully assured of the support from ONGC, as Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has already approved the project," said Pant, who met Pradhan in Delhi last week. The petroleum minister has given his nod to the program. We hope we will be working on it soon, he added.
Tulip, the flower from Holland, blooms from mid-March to May. "The flower can be grown in every hill region as well as in plains but the plains cannot produce bulbs of the flower," said I A Khan, a retired director of horticulture and food processing.
According to the project officer of the scheme, land available for the project in Chandak hilltop is ideal for the growth of the flower as it's situated at a height of 1,950mts from the sea and remains sunny and cold throughout the year. After the final shape of the project gets nod from the Union petroleum ministry, we'll import tulip bulbs, he said.
Vinay Bhargava, Pithoragarh, DFO and project officer, said the flower will be imported from Holland, adding possibility of tulip growth in Chandak hilltop is brighter than that in Srinagar as climate conditions are more suitable. "We have started developing the site with the sanctioned amount of Rs. 50L for the project and expecting sanction of Rs. 1cr next year for the same," Bhargava said.