Asia’s largest garden to be inaugurated tomorrow in Lucknow

Monday, Aug 4, 2014,13:15 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Asia’s largest garden Janeshwar Mishra Park here in the state capital will be thrown open to public here tomorrow. The park would be inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here tomorrow on the birth anniversary of socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra. Initially, only onethird (96 acres) area of 376acre park will be opened. The park, named after late socialist and Samajwadi Party leader Janeshwar Mishra, is being developed at a cost of Rs 168 crore. Lucknow Development Authority(LDA) is struggling to meet the expectations of Chief Minister who wants the park to be modelled on the lines of famous Hyde park of London. The grand project will have beautiful landscapes, two huge ponds spread over 38 acres, golf course, horse riding trail, lakes, sports centre, gymnasium, cycle track, jogging track, theme gardens, children’s play area, lawns and other interesting places. In the beginning, public will have access only to a pond spread over 11 acres and the green belt around it. The entire project has to be completed by May 2015. Among the major attractions would be the boats resembling gondolas, which have been brought from a Noidabased mall for a trial run. We have purchased two boats which will ferry visitors across the water body, said an official. Around 2,500 trees have also been bought from Meerut and Saharanpur for the park. Ponds will be recharged through rainwater harvesting and the entire park will be fully solar powered. The grand inauguration will be held at the park’s entrance plaza but about 30 per cent of construction work is still pending. Workers are still fixing the tiles and polishing marbles. The main pond at the entrance, which will have fountains, is underconstruction. Officials said the 25 feet statue is being sculpted by a renowned Australian sculptor. But it won’t arrive in time for inauguration, confirmed LDA.