The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved the restructured master plan to modernise the National Botanical Garden in the capital’s Mirpur.
The master plan will be implemented 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 Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Wednesday.
Secretary of the ministry Md Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary (Development) Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Chief Conservator of Forests Amir Hossain Chowdhury and 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.
Environmentally and visitor-friendly infrastructure will be constructed in the botanical garden. There will be two gates in place of the existing six entrances.
A circular walkway will be constructed for the convenience of the visitors. There will be a buggy system through which older visitors can tour the garden by a small open jeep. Drinking water and modern toilets will be provided for the convenience of the visitors. Internal roads will also be modernised.The master plan proposes to set up a tissue culture lab on top of the administrative building. It is also proposed to build a Visitor Interpretation Center.
The master plan also includes proposals for the development of lakes and roads inside the botanical garden. Solid and liquid waste management measures have also been taken.