UT administrator Shivraj V Patil on Friday inaugurated the Japanese Garden, Sector 31, a project supported by union ministry of tourism, and developed by Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
The primary feature of the garden is a Pagoda tower, a tiered structure common in Japan and some other Asian countries. The design of the entire garden is based on Japanese architecture. There are stones, inscriptions in Japanese, statues of a Japanese couple, Japanese-style lanterns and a meditation hut.
The garden has a reception centre, water bodies with bridges built over them and an underground tunnel, which is being constructed to connect the two phases of the garden that has been adorned with Japanese plants.
Initially, six acres of the 13-acre garden have been developed in the first phase at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore. The total cost of the project is Rs 6.98 crore.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Patil stressed on the need to maintain cleanliness.
He said Chandigarh was not only a clean city but also beautiful, and it was its residents’ responsibility to make it more beautiful by keeping it clean and developing such gardens.
He said the garden would help visitors know the Japanese culture, adding that there was a need to promote cultural exchange between countries. He said the administration would provide sufficient funds to the municipal corporation for development of such parks.
Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, UT adviser KK Sharma, area councillor Davesh Moudgil, principal secretary to the governor MP Singh, UT home secretary Anil Kumar, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, and other officers of the UT administration and MC, besides councillors were also present.