Hyderabad: On Monday, the Rashtrapati Nilayam at Bolarum was opened for public viewing between 10 am and 5 pm. The opulent campus will remain open till 12 January for general public.
Hundreds of curious visitors including school children thronged in to the place to get a feel of how the President of India spends his winter vacation at the palatial abode.
N.V. Ramana Reddy, the special secretary to the government (protocol department), said that visitors would be allowed from 10 am to 4 pm through Gate No. 2. Visitors must exit through Gate No.1. Entry passes will be given to each visitor and taken back at the exit gate. Cameras and mobile phones are allowed inside the campus.
He said that adequate number of police personnel will be deployed both inside and outside the Rashtrapati Nilayam for proper checking of visitors and to guide them. The department has installed CCTVs and has made arrangments for snacks stalls at C-II garage by local vendors. Mean-while, the AP Vaidya Vidhan Parishad has arranged for first aid facility.
The tourism department has deployed guides for the visitors. The AP medicinal plant board too has deputed officials to talk to the visitors about herbal garden. The herbal garden of the Rashtrapati Nilayam houses 116 species of medicinal and aromatic plants which includes Citronella, Lemon grass, Geranium, Sandalwood, Kalmegh and Tulsi to name a few. As per the officials so far 705 people have visited the campus.
The Rashtrapati Nilayam has been developed as an eco-friendly complex and was opened for public for the first time in 2011. Over 35,000 visitors have thronged in to the campus in 2012. President Pranab Mukherjee has visited the campus from Dec 19 to Dec 31.
The building is 154 year old and belongs to the Nizam era and its campus is spread over 97-acres of landscaped garden. The building has 20 rooms which includes a dining hall and a movie theatre.
The Rashtrapati Nilayam has been developed as an eco-friendly complex. It has a landscaped garden with different seasonal flowering plants. It was opened for the common public for the first time in 2011.