GARDENS OF PANCHKULA : 

 

Picture 1- Shows the site-office of the Landscape Architect, in a lonely tent at the given site for the Gaden in 1992.

Picture 2- Shows the marking of the walking tracks done by Mr. Sandhu at site, with JE Jasbir of B&R div-1, of HUDA, 1992.

Pix 3- The incomplete waterfall - but a popular feature of the existing Park for kids & elders, 1995.  

This largest garden of the city is Nirjhar Vatica, measuring 16 acres in area. Initially, this Garden was named as 'Chitwan' - means 'woh wan jaha chit ramey' meaning a garden where one's soul can wander in peace.

This garden was conceptualized & designed in 1992 by a Landscape Architect - Satinder Singh Sandhu, of Chandigarh, now settled in Gurgaon. He was a member of the visiting faculty of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh, 1985-87. This garden site was officially assigned by HUDA Administrator to Sandhu, for developing into a unique garden - one of its kind. But due to certain reasons it could not be finished as per the approved drawings. The Administrator & the CA changed under routine transfers. The approved drawings were not shown the light of the day. The garden remained incomplete.

The special features missing are part of the lake, open air Skating Rink with music etc., band stand hanging over the lake, palms garden, dry garden, physical fitness trails & children section and two open air food-courts near the parkings facing the showrooms, inside of the sector. Whereas,  the new CA team inserted an eating joint within the garden & next to the Lake spoiling the tranquality of the peaceful area. There was no entry from the main road & opposite of The Topiary Park of sector - 6. 

The specially designed hardscape with a large garden gate in a tall rough stone wall was erected on the raised  triangular platforms with large spans of steps & ramps, and planted with palm trees with cascading water & ticket booths etc. based on the background of the mud hills on haggar's ( an old natural rain drain flowing down the Shivalik range ) bank. One each on the eastern & western side of the 16 acre park, facing the inner parkings of the sector near the showrooms.

Now the plants have grown up, though incomplete but still making the park a very interesting & popular spot in sector 5, Panchkula.