From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, April 27: To replicate the Japanese Sakura festival –an occasion where the Cherry Blossom trees blooming buds have been a big tourist attraction, the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustaible Development (IBSD) has conceptualized a similar initiative for Shillong city.
Disclosing about the initiative, the Director of IBSD Professor Dibandhu Sahoo elaborated on the economic and environmental dividends reaped by the Japanese during the period of blossom of the cherry blossom tree, even as he added that the topography the environment of Shillong and its suburbs is a perfect location to replicate it.
“It will help in adding the biological resources and create entrepreneurship skills besides creating employment to the people of the State,” stated Sahoo in Shillong on Monday while informing that the State department of Forest and Environment has formally accepted the proposal that will be funded by the IBSD. The institute will also fund the initiative and expect the State government to look after the post plantation period to fructify the initiative that will add to the existing tourist attraction of the State.
The institute is set to plant 5000 saplings of cherry blossom by the second week of May this year and the blossoming buds are expected by November. He said that the well- maintained saplings will display their real colours in three years time. The areas near Pinewood Hotel and Wards Lake have been identified for the first phase of the plantation. The second is towards the New Shillong township and the stretch on the Guwhati –Shillong Road.