JAMMU: Terming the floriculture sector as an emerging sector, Minister for Floriculture, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Javaid Mir asked the concerned officers to engage and motivate local youth in commercial floriculture for their socio-economic uplift.
He made these remarks during a visit of Bhour camp garden to review the progress on up-gradation works and facilities available in the park, here on Sunday.
During the visit, the Minister was briefed by the officers regarding ongoing upgradation works in the park. It was informed that the Phase-I of the project is being developed at an estimated cost of Rs 999 lakh and by ending March 2018, Rs 370.37 lakh have been spent by the department.
The officers further informed the Minister that works executed under Phase-I includes chain link fencing, gate plaza, ticket counter, guard room, illumination, inner and outer jogger park, deep drill boring, stone pitching, grouting on an artificial lake and many others have been completed so far.
During the current financial year, the department is going to develop infrastructure for children amusement, open gym, mali huts, sitting benches and dustbins, 25 fountains for an artificial lake and musical fountain for the same besides, two gensets for power backup.
Regarding the second phase of the project, it was told that it will be spreading over an area of 193.93 kanals and the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) is in progress for the revival of Model Floriculture Centre, established under CSS RKVY which got damaged due to floods in 2010 and 2014.
To allure maximum tourists and to add beauty to the garden, the Minister directed the officers to plant different varieties of flowers to add its beauty besides, asked them to plant such flower which blooms throughout the year.
The Minister exhorted upon the officers that quality of the works shall not be compromised and to work in a coordinated manner to complete the project in a given time frame. Director Floriculture Jammu, Babila Rakwal, Joint Director Floriculture and other officers of the department accompanied the Minister during the visit.