Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Landscapes to get facelift

Landscapes to get facelift
BENGALURU


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The landscape around Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha, of Cubbon Park and of 21 other gardens and hill stations in the state is all set to change. The government is preparing to give them a facelift .

“We are in the process of preparing a master plan to upgrade and develop these gardens and hill stations, keeping the next twenty years in mind. The plan will be ready by July 30,” Dr Ramakrishnappa, director, horticulture, said here on Monday.

He was speaking to Deccan Chronicle after a public hearing, organised by the department of horticulture to address the immediate problems of Cubbon park.

“We have already started work at Lalbagh and we will also start on the Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha gardens in a short while, as their landscape is almost 21 years old,” he added.

“At this meeting we have identified a few members for an expert consultants committee, among Cubbon park users. We will take their suggestions when upgrading the park,” he revealed.

“We want to thin the garden and do some surgery in some parts as it is overcrowded with certain species and offers too much shade at certain spots, which is affecting its beauty. We will take up renovation of the park between Central Library and Hudson circle. And we will also take up desilting of six wells in the park and use the water for various purposes,” he explained.

Over 30 park users who were present at the public hearing, urged the director to declare it a heritage spot.

Meanwhile security will be tightened at Cubbon park, to curb any untoward incidents, as instances of cutting of trees, pickpocketing and illegal parking of vehicles are on rise in its grounds.

“We have plans to outsource the security,” Dr Ramakrishnappa added.

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