No. IPR (PR)-03/2009                                                 Dated Naharlagun the 19th Feb. 2010


Raj Bhavan in nature’s grandeur

Itanagar, Feb 18: Adored with fifty-odd varieties of roses and blooming colorful petals of antirrhinum, dianthus, marigold Inca, French marigold, poppy, pansy, petunia, phlox, salvia, gerbera, nasturtium, zinnia and dahlia along with gladiolus, the Raj Bhavan is at its season’s best. The lush green lawn with its greens of the golf course, the whole compound is at nature’s grandeur. Under the initiative of the State First Lady Anupama Singh, two orchid houses has been set up, which has five varieties of exotic orchids and thirty-one of indigenous ones. It also has four new orchids, Vanda Sanderiana, Dendrobium Caesar, Vanda Colorsan and Mokra Khaw Phaik Suan, which is brought by the Governor Gen JJ Singh from Singapore, reports PRO to Governor.

Fortunately, unlike other Raj Bhavans, it is open to public every Sunday. Conceived by Governor, the people, especially school children have the opportunity to tour the compound. The tour, which started on the festive occasion of the 23rd Statehood Day, last year is organized in the line of Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. It is open to public every Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.

Availing the opportunity, excited and elated students along with their teachers, parents and relatives visits every part of the Bhavan. The orchid center, Hornbill cottage, the fish pond, Bee keeping, the country chicken farm are very popular among them. With visits by research students, progressive farmers and entrepreneurs, the organic vegetable farm, in fact has become a research institute of sort. Round the year, free from contamination of synthetic fertilizer and agro chemical, seventy varieties of vegetables, including trail once are grown in the garden, which measures an area of 2088 Sqmtrs.

According to Raj Bhavan officials, more then thousand visitors have visited the compound. Along with school students of the capital city, people from Doimukh, Oyan, Pasighat, Daporijo and Tawang, and even from neigbouring State of Assam have visited the official residence of the Governor. At times, more then hundreds turns up at the Helipad Gate, from where the visitors are ushered in. During summer, of course, few visitors turn up, they pointed.

To make their visit more interesting, participating games like air rifle shooting, flower name writing and basket ball were organized by Raj Bhavan officials.

The Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is located on a hillock close to a historical monument known as ‘Ita-Fort’ (Eastern Gate). The area of the compound is approximately 27 acres consisting of lawn and garden as well as kitchen garden and fruit trees. The foundation of this Bhawan was laid by Late Shri K.A.A.Raja the then Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh on 17th April, 1977. Right from Shri Bhisma Narain Singh, the first Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to present, the Bhavan has hosted seventeen governors. Sd/- O. TAYENG, APRO




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