There has been a riot of colours at Rabinda Sarobar these days. KMDA, keepers of the lungs of south Kolkata, is holding the first flower show since last Thursday.
The flower show is a part of KMDA’s 50 years’ celebration. The artificial lake was dug in the 1920s by the Calcutta Improvement Trust (CIT), which has now merged with KMDA. “The flower show is being held in association with the Agri Horticultural Society of India, which turned 200 last year. The blooms amid Lake’s greenery are a real visual treat,” said Santanu Chatterjee, a morning walker. Thousands of people have been thronging the Lake to enjoy the flower show that was initially planned till Sunday. “Minister Firhad Hakim, who is KMDA’s chairman, is enthused by the response and decided to extend it till the day after Saraswati Puja,” said a KMDA official.
“Events like these will go a long way in increasing people’s awareness on protecting the greens of Rabindra Sarobar that is included under the National Lake Conservation Plan,” said Probir Kumar Basu, former director of NIT and a morning walker. Sprawled across 192 acres with a 73-acre waterbody, the Sarobar hit headlines last November when the HC barred Chhath Puja inside it.
But evening walkers are worried with the increased footfall. “Many visitors are coming without masks,” said Saheli Pal, local resident.