A Chinese theme garden complete with artificial ponds, an amphitheatre and a skating rink is on the anvil for the satellite city. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), who plan to develop nine themed gardens of various concepts in the next two years, have finalised a Chinese theme garden that will include distinct Chinese architecture.
The Chinese garden in Nerul will have structures and artifacts based on Chinese architecture. An open space near the water tank in sector 19-A, which measures over 12,000 square meters, has been chosen to develop the Chinese garden. “We are going to develop nine theme based gardens in our existing gardens and open spaces that measure over 1 lakh square metres in the next two years. The garden based on Chinese architecture is one of them and we are in the planning stages. We want to develop a garden that has never been seen by residents of Navi Mumbai. So we have thought of a Chinese themed garden, in which artifacts, small structures, walls and statues of Chinese architecture will be constructed,” said a NMMC official, on condition of anonymity.
In addition, the Chinese garden will have exquisite landscaping, an amphitheater, skating rink, sundial, fountains, amusement centre and different type of toys of Chinese architecture. NMMC is expected to incur Rs. 4.5 crore for the development of the garden. “We will also put information boards, which will display information of particular Chinese structure or artifact,” said the official.
It is thought if the proposal were accepted, the development would take about 24 months to build. When contacted, Sanjay Desai, executive engineer of NMMC, said, “The planning work of the Chinese garden is in its final stages, and it will be tabled before the general body of NMMC in the next few days. Construction will start once the proposal gets approved in the general body meeting of the corporation.”
Rs 20 cr
The estimated cost to build the nine themed gardens
NMMC has planned to construct:
>> A steps garden
>> An education garden, Digha
>> Butterfly garden, Vashi
>> Mango garden, Belapur
>> Chinese garden, Nerul.