Sunday, December 30, 2007


Area undergoing makeover at breakneck speed to meet March 14 deadline
GANGTOK, December 29: The Saramsa Garden, a well-known picnic spot spread on an area measuring 6 acres and located 3 kms away from Ranipool in East Sikkim is presently undergoing a complete makeover from its earlier conventional ambience to like any other modish amusement parks found in metropolitan cities.
The place has been chosen as the venue to host the forthcoming International Flower Show scheduled for March 14, next year.
Around 500 labourers have been working diligently from 8 am to 7 pm for the past one-month on the infrastructural development as initiated by the State Tourism Department ranging from construction of a reception center for the visitors, boundary walls measuring 8 feet in height, convention hall, exhibition hall, cafeterias, toilets, walkways, stalls for display of flowers, beautification of the compound, and laying of electrical cables to compound illumination.
Besides, the construction of water fountain in double dome format, balancing rock water fountain and musical water fountain is in progress under the supervision of the Superintending Engineer, Sikkim Tourism Prakash Chettri.
According to him, the balancing rock water fountain built on an area measuring 20 feet in diameter, which would resemble as if a jade of water, is supporting a rock would be the first of its kind in the state.
“The ongoing project based on typical vernacular design would be completed at its earliest by the end of February, next year, Mr. Chettri said.
Also included in the list of new attractions at Saramsa garden would be an open-air amphitheatre and a viewing deck wherein the same the visitors can catch a glimpse of Rani khola and the model floriculture center located on its opposite bank.
The other line departments involved in the beautification project includes Energy and Power Department, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Horticulture Department and Forest Department.
While the power department has undertaken the laying of 11 KB line distribution in the premises of the garden, the horticulture department on the other hand is working on the land profiling, landscaping alongside is engaged in the planting of ornamental trees, saplings and seasonal flowers in coordination with the forest department.
Likewise, the PHED is involved in the drawing of treated water from a source located at Kadamtam (7 kms from the garden) and on the construction of a 1-lakh-litre water reservoir tank.