The Shri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy (KVBR) Botanical Garden in Hyderabad has been refurbished with new facilities costing Rs. 5 Crores. The 12 acres park of the 274 acres reserve forest land in Kothaguda has been developed with new facilities including a Nakshatra Vanam, a Rasi Vanam and a Navagravah Vanam.
Boards with educational messages have been installed and set on display. The purpose is to educate people about the importance of environment conservation. The newly constructed Interpretation Centre is a 150 seater space built to facilitate programmes like debates, seminars and meetings.
The newly built Environmental Education Centre (EEC) is made with a 3D model to create a forest atmosphere. A medicinal garden with more than 60 important species of medicinal plants has been created. A 3 km pathway for walkers, archery and rifle shooting facilities, boating facilities are among a few new additions.
The Telangana government is set to actualize more than 100 green spots in the city. This will allow its residents to get more fresh air in the Greater Hyderabad region. The Botanical garden is the first one.
According to the Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, K. T. Rama Rao, ten of these lung spaces have already been completed.
Rao encouraged the city dwellers to take conscious eco-friendly steps to avoid the increase of pollution. According to a news site, he was quoted saying, “Over 1,100 industries will be shifted outside the Outer Ring Road for making Hyderabad a population free city.”
According to the Ministry, the Municipal administration department will be responsible for the maintenance of the botanical garden and new sewage treatment plants will be set up.