HYDERABAD: Over Rs 3 crore spent on developing a beautiful Rose Garden adjacent to the Sanjeevaiah Park has gone down the drain. Due to severe heat wave prevailing in Hyderabad for the last few weeks, a few hundred varieties of rose plants, collected from various part of the country, have withered due to high temperatures and humidity.
The Rose Garden was developed by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) in a sprawling 5.5 acres costing Rs 3.25 crore and houses 600 varieties of roses with over 9,000 to 10,000 plants. It was completed more than a year ago and awaiting inauguration by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Buddha Purnima Authority (BPP) is incurring more than Rs 2-3 lakh per month for maintenance of rose garden excluding staff salaries. If the garden had been opened, BPP could have raised the amount through entry ticket from the visitors to the garden. The said amount could have been utilised for garden maintenance and paying salaries to the staff.
Hundreds of visitors who come to Sanjeevaiah Park and Necklace Road are keen on visiting the rose garden but are turned away by the BPP staff stating that it would be opened to public only after its inauguration by the chief minister. HMDA officials said that several rose plants in the garden have withered due to severe heat and HMDA has no funds to maintain the garden.