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Monday , February 11 , 2013
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Enjoy an extra day of blooms

Governor Syed Ahmed on Sunday extended an ongoing flower show on the Raj Bhavan premises by a day for students.

The flower show, which kicked off on February 1, notched a crowd count of over 97,000 till Saturday, which officials claimed far exceeded their expectations.

At 3.30pm on Saturday, the official closing time of the Raj Bhavan gates, nearly 20,000 people were found waiting in queue, a fact that might have prompted Ahmed to extend the flower show by a day.

“But it will only be open for school students,” clarified Kranti Kant, an official of Raj Bhavan’s media section.

Kant added that though they had expected around 4 lakh people to turn up, a whopping estimated footfall of 6 lakh had taken them by surprise.

The Raj Bhavan will release the final crowd count on Monday.

So what is making the sprawling gardens of the governor’s residence so popular among Ranchiites? The answer is simple as put by a senior official.

“The city is devoid of any proper green spaces like parks and gardens. The floral show is an occasion that allowed people to connect with nature,” the official said.

Kumar added that people thronged the sprawling mansion premises for various reasons. “Some come to appreciate the beauty of nature and flowers, some to spend a quiet afternoon and some to just marvel at the grandeur facility,”he said.

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