Hyderabad: A sprawling plot of land in AS Rao Nagar area of Hyderabad which once was an eyesore for many, has now been developed into a beautiful Japanese Garden by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
The theme park, spread over 1.8 acres, has lush greenery clubbed with Japanese artistry making it different from other lung spaces in the city. The arch at the entry, gazebos, an artificial pond in the centre and a steel arch bridge running over the water body, all are based on Japanese architecture and are the major attractions of the park.
The other amenities provided here include walkways, seating arrangements, cobble flooring at the entrance and illumination. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMS), while developing the park, has ensured that visitors spend quality time without any hassle. As part of the exercise, a parking lot with paver tiles had been built, the existing trees are being taken care of and security guards will soon be deployed. GHMC officials said the works were in the final stages and that the park would soon be open for the public.
“The park is a fusion of Japanese art and spiritual ideologies of that country, so we have named it as Japanese Garden. From the gazebos to the entrance arch, all depict Japanese culture. The facility will be inaugurated soon,” said Santosh Reddy, GHMC Executive Engineer (Kapra circle), adding that the even before being opened, the park was already a hit among residents of Secunderabad.
“During Vinayaka Chaturthi, some people used to raise Ganesh pandals on this open plot. For the rest of the year, it was lying deserted. The same is being developed into a beautiful park,” said Jay Ram from AS Rao Nagar. He was accompanied by his colleague N Gaurav who was taking pictures at the entrance arch of the park. Gaurav was not the lone visitor taking pictures. Many inside the park were seen clicking selfies near the artificial pond and the steel bridge running over it.
Meanwhile, GHMC officials said more theme parks and urban green spaces were set to dot the city. “Works pertaining to theme parks are underway in different parts of the city and are under various stages of development. The corporation is developing 55 theme parks in a phased manner,” said V Krishna, GHMC Additional Commissioner, Urban Biodiversity wing.
GHMC has taken up large-scale plantation activities and special drives in the city at roadside avenues, rivers, canal banks, barren hills, bunds and foreshore areas. The plantation activity was taken up under Telangana Ku Haritha Haaram. Under the programme, trees were also planted at educational institutions, religious places, housing colonies, community lands, graveyards, parks, etc.
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