Rashtrapati Nilayam To Be Opened For Public Viewing From January 7 To 12

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi: 03.01.2012

The garden of Rashtrpati Nilayam, Bollaram, Secunderabad, will be opened for public viewing from January 7th to 12th this year. The garden will be open to the public from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. and visitors at the entry point will be allowed upto 1600 hrs. Entry will be through Gate No. 2

The premises of Rashtrapati Nilayam have been developed as an eco-friendly complex, which mainly comprises a landscaped garden, beautiful road scaping, different seasonal flowering plants and display of potted plants around the main building, a natural cascading water fall and seven different types of Nutrition Gardens of Mango, Sapota, Pomegranate, Guava, Amla, Coconut and Cheeku. In addition to this, a Herbal Garden has been developed which is intended to bring in awareness about our rich heritage and diversity of Medicinal Plants. This is also to preserve and promote the medicinal values of various plants that grow widely in our surroundings, whose properties are beneficial to human beings and maintain a balance between man and nature. The Herbal Garden has 116 species of medicinal and aromatic plants like Sarpgandha, Kalabandha, Citronella, Lemon Grass, Khus, Geranium, Coriander, Sandalwood, Tuber Rose, Jasmine, Kalmegh, Tulsi, Isbgol, etc. These plants can be used for natural home remedial cure for a variety of diseases. The Garden is located in an area of about 7000 sq. mtrs. The Garden has also developed annuals, perennials, creepers and shrubs.

In addition to this, several measures have been taken for conservation of rain water in Rashtrapati Nilayam during the last two years to improve ground water sustainability. A percolation pond, made with the available stones, has been developed where the rain water is collected and then gets percolated into the subsoil. Three rainwater harvesting pits have also been made for storage and percolation to the ground via filter media. Earlier, the rainwater was used to flow out of the Nilayam premises, which is now collected and conserved, resulting in substantial rise in ground water level. New water sources like borewells have been developed and existing open wells have been developed for efficient water irrigation and drip irrigation system in the complex.

The Premises of Rashtrapati Nilayam were opened for the common people for the first time in 2011.

This release issued at 1710 hrs.