Empress Garden is one of the renowned tourist spots in Pune and has preserved its age-old heritage. Constructed in the British era, this garden covers a sprawling 39 acres, and is home to many rare species of trees, beautiful flowers, and medicinal herbs as well as several beautiful and colourful birds. Students of Ayurveda come to study the medicinal properties of these plants and herbs. The well-landscaped garden consists of lush green lawns, abundant flora and fauna; the park has a quaint stream of water flowing through the garden and is a delight for nature lovers. Clearing a part of this prestigious botanical garden to build bungalows for officers shows a lack of sensitivity towards nature by humans. This is the only valuable natural resource remaining in Pune. The rest of Pune city as we know is already on the verge of becoming ‘concrete forest’. As a proud Puneite, I would request my fellow citizens that we should stand up to preserve our vintage landmark of Pune!