Monday, September 07, 2009

Kengeri residents pray for retaining ground

Kengeri residents pray for retaining ground

Bangalore: Faced with a civic problem, residents of Kengeri Satellite Town decided to seek divine intervention. On Sunday morning, they prayed to Lord Ganesha to help chief minister B S Yeddyurappa change his mind and cancel the allotment of a playground.
The ground has been allotted to Basveshwara Samaja Sudharana Samithi for the construction of Anubhava Mantap. While the police declined to give permission for a protest at the site, residents gathered at a local Ganesh temple, performed pooja and distributed 40 kg of prasadam. The playground is said to have nurtured several cricketers.
RTI activist B M Shivkumar said this is the only ground in Kengeri Satellite Town. “The BDA should cancel the allotment. The CM should also rethink his recommendation,” he said.
For senior citizen C Vishweshwar, the ground has been a second home for 40 years. He has been a regular here for morning and evening walks. “If construction is allowed here, where will senior citizens go?” he asked. Karnataka Premier League’s Team Belgaum franchisee A R Nagesh added: “Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venktesh Prasad and Dodda Ganesh played here in college days. I will seek their help to prevail upon the government to cancel the allotment.”


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