Dear Editor, The Flower Garden at Bhour Camp in Jammu, which was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on March 31, 2008, with the hope that it would become a major tourist destination, is now crying for immediate attention. The garden, which was raised at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore on 563 kanals of land on the pattern of famous Tulip Garden in the Kashmir valley, is still waiting for tourists and its promotion. The hope with which the garden was inaugurated to promote tourism in Jammu has completely died down because the concerned authorities seems to be least bothered about its maintenance, completing work and attracting tourists. Even after 11 years, flower garden is nowhere in any map or any promotion is there. Ironically, instead of developing the flower garden with every passing year, poor planning and lack of will on the part of political establishment of the State led to its downfall. Majority of the people are unaware about any such garden in state. Ii is shocking why tourism department only promotes Kashmir tourist places and always neglect the beautiful places in Jammu. The flower garden was conceived for the sole purpose of attracting more tourists camping in Jammu after performing prayers at Mata Vaishno Devi. But even so many years, no major headway has been achieved in the development of flower garden nor has the vast land been put to judicious use by the concerned authorities for the benefit of the local masses. It is high time that the concerned authorities should come forward to promote it as it has the potential to attract tourists. Suhail Sharma, Bhour Camp, Jammu.
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