Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Mayor's foolhardy move

A couple of weeks ago, Mayor P R Ramesh announced the setting up of a Kempegowda Tower at N R Square, in front of the Corporation Offices. Now he plans to pull down the walls surrounding Lalbagh and replace it with grills. The one reason Lalbagh remains relatively unspoilt is because of the walls. Why can't he spend these crores on improving roads and the drainage system?

Ornamental grills at Lalbagh

Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will soon replace concrete walls around Lalbagh with ornamental grills to enhance the beauty of the botanical garden, Mayor P R Ramesh said on Monday.

“The proposed grills will be on the lines of one erected around Vidhana Soudha and the project is estimated to cost Rs 1 crore, which will be taken up soon,” Mr Ramesh said while inspecting civic amenities in Tavarekere area in Bangalore.

Presently, the garden is visible from outside as concrete walls obstruct the view. “Ornamental grills will not only enhance beauty of the garden but give an opportunity for commuters to have a look into the garden,” he added.

Besides, BMP will shortly take up a project on developing a park and a playground on Lakkasandra quarry pit at the cost of Rs 1.4 crore. The 9 acre quarry pit will be closed for this purpose, Mayor said.


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