Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 27
It will be a pink 48th Rose Festival this time as the Municipal Corporation has dedicated this year’s event to women empowerment.
The display board, “Rose Festival 2020”, is in pink colour at the main gate of the Rose Garden in Sector 16. The first flower bed is of pink roses and there will be many pink roses. All invitation cards and broachers have been printed in pink colour.
“This year, the theme of the Rose Festival is women empowerment and accordingly we have made arrangements,” MC Commissioner KK Yadav told Chandigarh Tribune. Superintending Engineer Krishan Pal Singh said, “From entrance gates to the first rose bed to the invitations, everything is in pink this time. We have laid special emphasis on pink since this colour is linked to women. Our gardeners, while readying the roses, ensured they have special focus on pink roses.”
Last year, the theme of Rose Festival was Pulwama. MC officials and residents had paid homage to CRPF jawans martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. Visitors will get to see 800 varieties of rose during the three-day event. Besides, there will be 1,400 flower beds and 15,000 plants in the 30-acre area. “Due to non-favourable weather conditions, some of the flower beds could not come up as per our expectations,” said a horticulture official.
Rose Fest events at Sec 17
In a first, some of the rose fest events will be organised in Sector 17 on the rear side of Jagat Mall. Visitors will be able to use the newly constructed Sector 17-Rose Garden underpass to enjoy event on both sides. Rose Prince and Rose Princess, on-the-spot painting and photography competitions will be held. Besides, photography will also be displayed at the underpass.
For the first time, “singer’s nite” of the Rose Festival will be organised at the Sector 17 Plaza. Punjabi singer Gurnam Bhullar will perform live from 6 pm onwards on Friday. On Saturday, Ammy Virk will enthral people at the Leisure Valley open ground, Sector 10, in front of the Rose Garden. Next day, Satinder Sartaaj will perform there.
These live Punjabi musical nites are being organised by the UT Tourism Department. Besides, various attractions, including cultural events, stalls display, folk performances, food stalls, amusement park and camel ride will be organised.
Book chopper rides online
Every year, helicopter rides are one of the major attractions at the festival. There is likely to more rush this year as the fare is the lowest ever: Rs 1,700 per person per ride.
This time tickets for a helicopter ride have been made available online at www.shoulto.com/events/helicopter-ride-festival-chandigarh. The nearly seven-minute ride will start at 9 am till the sunset for three days. The helicopters will fly from the Sector 17 Parade Ground and go over the Sector 17 Plaza, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden and then return to the place of take-off.
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