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2018 ROSE FESTIVAL TO BE LITTER-FREE, STALLS TO BE PUT UP IN LEISURE VALLEY

By Gagan Bhullar . 17th February 2018 08:30pm
2018 ROSE FESTIVAL TO BE LITTER-FREE, STALLS TO BE PUT UP IN LEISURE VALLEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZzGYnxxhcM For all those who could not get a rose this Valentine's Day, you can have all colors of the love-flower in Chandigarh from 23rd to 25th February 2018. 46th Rose Festival at Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is around the corner and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is busy preparing for the annual fest. Well, looks like High Court has some more directives for the civic body this time. Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken into account a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed last year by RD Anand, a famous petitioner in the Tricity. The petitioner had requested the respondent parties, including Chandigarh MC, to preserve the "purity of the purpose behind its (festivals') creation". Prof. Anand was aggrieved and did not mince his words while describing the changing scenario at the festival. He claimed that UT Administration has 'hijacked' the Rose festival to make it a 'mela' littered with a 'huge flea market'. Last year, the UT Administration and Chandigarh MC had allowed stalls and kiosks of eatables and ice-creams in the garden premises. Thus a huge area was covered under tents and booths that had taken away the beauty and cleanliness of the place. As a result some visitors had made complaints. Based on the HC instructions this year, an MC official told a leading daily about the plans in place,

"Since littering-related complaints were received in the rose festival last year, we have been looking into the aspect and trying to fix a suitable location to put up food stalls and eateries. Besides that, special focus will be given to the cleanliness."
Apparently, the MC and UT administration is planning to shift the stalls and eateries to Leisure Valley, across the Rose Garden. This year around, visitors will be able to witness more than 829 varieties of roses in full bloom, spread in about 40-acres of space. The administration is also in talks to arrange another special attraction 'helicopter ride' which had pulled-in large crowds last year.