'Go green' seems to be the motto of Rashtrapati Bhavan this year as the majestic estate would take a slew of energy saving and pollution free steps aimed at making it an "ideal township". Not only new gardens have come up, the nearly eight-decade old President estate will also gift the national capital its first rock garden later this year. "The project Roshini adopted last year has started functioning. Our aim is to make this estate stand out as an ideal township with stress being given on energy saving methods and recycling of wastes," Dr Christy L Fernandez, Secretary to President Pratibha Patil, said.
'Project Roshini', launched in the first week of July, 2008, is an endeavour to make the 355-room President's house estate an eco-friendly township. As part of the project, a vermi compose pit has already been set up in the estate."The waste disposal system has been set up from which we are making organic manure. Women living in the estate are working on it," Fernandes said.
He also said that the Ministry of Renewable Energy has also approved a Rs three-crore project to set up solar panels so that the lamps in the estate could run on solar energy. "This is happening in a phased manner and the entire project should be completed by later this year," Fernandez told PTI.
Explaining the concept of rock garden, he said it would be different from the Chandigarh rock garden and would be completely natural. Fernandez said, "Earlier, we were constructing an auditorium and when we removed the debris we found naturally formed rock structures and that is how we hit upon the idea of having a rock garden."
Stating that the Rashtrapati Bhavan rock garden would be different from the one in Chandigarh, he said, "We are trying to see what kind of landscape could be done. Our priority is that whatever is done, it should be done keeping the naturally formed rock structure in mind."
The nature trail started in the end of last year, Fernandez said, was an important step as part of the project Roshini.The trail allows visitors to walk through 75 acres of the President's Estate every Saturday, which has a natural forest eco system, an agro eco-system and a pond eco-system.
The first citizen's residence also has beautiful Mughal Garden which opens for public viewing between February 7to March 14."We would be taking a lot of steps this year to make this estate a much more eco-friendly place," Fernandez said.
Source - Hindu