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Bloom show opens to public

Jamshedpur, Dec. 28: Gopal Maidan in Bistupur wore a festive look this morning with visitors flocking to the silver jubilee edition of the annual flower show-cum-horticulture expo organised jointly by Horticultural Society Jamshedpur and Jusco, and sponsored by Tata Steel.

The four-day event started yesterday, but was thrown open to public today by Anand Sen, president (TQM and steel business), Tata Steel. The show will end on Monday.

Tata Workers’ Union president P.N. Singh, Horticultural Society Jamshedpur’s chairperson Surekha Nerurkar, general secretary B. Maity and organising panel president Captain Dhananjay Mishra were also present.

Forty organisations and 50 individuals have displayed various flowers and vegetables at the grounds. Competitions are being held across various categories of seasonal flowers, perennial flowers, fruits and vegetables, cacti, bonsai, cut flowers, bouquets and garlands, medicinal and aromatic plants. Yesterday, eminent horticultural scientists judged the exhibits.

Addressing the gathering today, Sen appreciated the efforts of the horticulture society for organising the event consistently for the past 25 years.

“This annual flower show has grown in size and stature and is one of the sought-after events for Jamshedpureans,” he said, urging the society to create employment opportunities for those interested in horticulture.

Sen also said that the steel major and Jusco would provide support for the initiative through Tata Steel Rural Development Society.

Union president Singh stressed on the need for a law to save flowers. “Flowers are not meant to be plucked. They are nature’s gifts and should be protected,” he added.

The society’s founder-member Rakesh Kumar was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

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