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On Nek Chand’s birth anniversary, Rock Garden’s open-air theatre to reopen

In the theatre, a screen will be installed on which a 20-minute movie on Nek Chand’s life and his creation will be shown every hour. 

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2017 11:59 IST
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Nek Chand born in 1924, died two years ago.
Nek Chand born in 1924, died two years ago.(HT Photo)

After two decades, the UT administration will make the open air theatre functional at the Rock Garden created by him, to mark his 92nd birth anniversary on Friday, December 15. Nek Chand passed away in June 2015.

In the theatre, a screen will be installed on which a 20-minute movie on Nek Chand’s life and his creation will be shown every hour.

Besides, to mark the occasion, cultural functions and competitions for students will be held. On Friday, singer Anoop Jalota will perform at the Rock Garden at 4.30 pm.

Rock Garden will also get automated entry and exits with tokens to be given to visitors.UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, “The theatre was non-functional for the past two decades. As far as automated entry and exit is concerned, there were lots of complaints about the entry. Also, with this we will come to know the exact number of visitors.”

He added, “We will also renovate the three-bedroom guesthouse in the Rock Garden which remained closed for 30 years. We will be putting up new furniture there.”

Spread over 40 acres in Sector 1, Rock Garden has an estimated footfall of 5,000 a day. Many of the tourists are foreigners. The unique garden, made out of industrial and urban waste, generates an income of ₹1 lakh a day, making it one of the most profitable tourist sightseeing sites in the region. Created in secret by Nek Chand who was a road inspector, and later discovered and respected by officials, the garden was officially opened on January 24, 1976. Till date it has seen development in three phases, with interlinked courtyards. Most creations are figures of dancers, musicians, birds and animals, besides several artificial waterfalls.