The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved the restructured master plan prepared under the project titled “Master Plan of National Botanical Gardens Update and Essential Infrastructure Reform or Development including Ecological Conservation”.
The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin on Wednesday.Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary (Development) Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Chief Conservator of Forests Amir Hossain Chowdhury, Project Director Haque Mahbub Morshed were present at the meeting among others.
The restructured master plan includes all the essentials for the modernisation of the Botanical Garden. To this end, the Botanical Garden will be divided into 13 zones. In place of the aggressive species of plants in each zone, only the species described in the master plan will be planted.
Environment and visitor friendly infrastructure will be constructed in the Botanical Garden. There will be two gates in place of the existing 6 entrances.
A circular walkway will be constructed for the convenience of the visitors. There will be a buggy system through which elderly persons can tour the garden in a small open jeep. Drinking water and modern toilets will be provided for the convenience of the visitors.
Internal roads will be modernised. The master plan proposes to set up a tissue culture lab on top of the administrative building.
It is proposed to build a Visitor Interpretation Center. The master plan includes proposals for the development of lakes and roads inside the Botanical Gardens. Solid and liquid waste management measures have also been put in place. Construction of a skywalk has been proposed.It has been proposed to construct a multi-storey dormitory on the site of the existing employees' tinshed residential building. All the arrangements for modern environmental management inside the Botanical Garden have been included in this restructured master plan.