Aiming to conserve the dwindling rhododendron species of Tawang, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu has laid the foundation stone for a rhododendron park.
The Park conceptualized and designed by Dr Abdul Qayum has two patches of area – 0.28 ha and 0.83 ha. Patch one was planted with 16 different species of Rhododendrons in first phase including Arboreum, Nerifolium, Hodgsonii, Keysii species of Rhododendrons.
It is expected to be a recreational center for not just the residents of Tawang but also for Tourists.
Over 30 species of rhododendron will be planted and conserved in the park. It will also have a modern nursery, an information centre, resting sheds, and a parking facility, among other things.
Speaking on the development, the chief minister said, “The park will not only add to the scenic beauty of the town but also help conserve the rhododendron species, which are seriously threatened by the ongoing road construction and land acquisition projects of the BRO and the Army,” said the chief minister.
He said Tawang was once home to around 100 species of rhododendron. The number has now been reduced to only 50+ as a result of construction activities in the border areas.
Pema said the Army and BRO personnel could play a key role in conservation of the tree species, since the high altitude border areas are beyond the reach of forest officials.
Later, he planted different varieties of the trees in the park.