MANALI SOWANI

Citadel - - PUNEITES SPEAK -

Sys­tems En­gi­neer

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!

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