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TN govt to set up Botanical garden in partnership with RBG, UK

The Botanical Garden will be set up in partnership with the RoyalBotanic Garden (RBG), Kew, England.

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Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Government will set upa Botanical Garden at Kadambur Village in Chengalpattu districtin an area of 137.65.0 ha at a cost of Rs 300 crores.

The Botanical Garden will be set up in partnership with the RoyalBotanic Garden (RBG), Kew, England.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect will be signedseparately with the concerned, a Government Order (GO) issued inthis regard, said.

The GO detailed that the project will be set up at a cost ofRs.300 Crore to be implemented during a five year periodfrom 2022-2027.

The project will have a preparatory phase, implementationphase and a final phase.

The project will also have components like Native speciesgarden, Arboretums and bambusetums, Healing Garden, HerbGarden, Rose Garden, Rockery, Japanese Garden,Landscape of ancient Tamil Nadu etc.,

The project will also have activities including, Guided walks,Kids for Nature – Education Programme to inform studentsabout plant Bio-diversity, workshops and seminars fororganized groups, facilities for walking, Boating, nature trails,cycling, fitness, sports and other wellness activities, extension activities for farmers, Government Departments, industries,promotion of local cuisine and local hand made products for supporting local communities etc.,

Th GO said an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) was alreadyappointed to take up preliminary works like consolidation ofthe project area, survey, marking of boundaries, fencing andland development etc.,

The Government said the Botanical Garden project will beset up with the objective to conserve and propagate nativeplant species of Tamil Nadu including rare, threatened andendangered plant species.

The Botanical Garden shall be a recreational facility and willbe developed as an ecotourism center.Phase-I of the project will have facilities including DifferentialGlobal Positioning System (DGPS) survey; Soil, Water andEnvironmental Assessment; Constructing fencing around theproject area; Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR)etc.

The GO said Rs one crore was being released for preparingthe DPR to set up the Botanical Garden.

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