Srinagar, Nov 6: A tulip garden over 450 kanals of land with 12.5 lakh bulbs of 60 varieties is coming up on the bank of the world famous Dal Lake in the foot of Zabarwan hills in the Kashmir valley.
This information was given to Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his visit to the garden.
He was told that 12.5 lakh tulip bulbs of 60 varieties would be sown in the garden this year.
Situated at the foot of the Zabarwan hills, the garden is being developed over another 450 kanals of land from the existing 100 kanals.
The Chief Minister has been taking keen interest in the development of the garden which is coming up as a major tourist attraction in the city.
On his instructions, the garden was thrown open for public last year and instantly turned out to be a huge attraction.
Earlier, Mr Azad inspected work on some major development projects including the prestigious Haj House, Museum and Bemina Bridge.
Accompanied by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and senior officers, the Chief Minister inspected the Haj House coming up at Bemina and expressed satisfaction at the pace of work carried out in double shift to complete the dream project in a record time.
The Chief Minister said the Haj House would be functional by the time the first flight of the Haj pilgrims takes off from Srinagar on November 11.
He described the Haj House as the best among all in the country with state-of-the-art facilities adding that the work was completed in a record time.
The Haj House has reception lounge, immigration and customs clearance facilities. In the second phase, a three-star hotel and a mosque would also be constructed for the facility of the pilgrims.
The Chief Minister also inspected work on the Bemina Bridge started in 1998. The work on the bridge had been left midway but resumed only on the instructions of the Chief Minister. He was assured that the bridge, being constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore, would be completed by December this year.
Later, the Chief Minister visited Lal Mandi to inspect work on the mult-crore Museum building coming up behind the existing SPS Museum.