Saturday, July 22, 2006

Blame corporation for lake mess: Wadiyar

Blame corporation for lake mess: Wadiyar
The Times of India

Bangalore: With reference to the article that appeared in the July 21 edition of The Times of India on page 2, titled “Obituary of a lake nobody knew about”, scion of Mysore royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar clarifies in a letter:
“An artificial tank was created 14 years ago at the Bangalore Palace Grounds to meet the requirement of water for irrigating the vast gardens and lawns at the Palace. Water was pumped into Bangalore Palace from the nearby Sankey Tank which belonged to the Bangalore Palace.”
“Heap of rubble was dumped, courtesy corporation authorities, from time to time especially during the widening of Palace Cross Road and Bellary Road. The matter has been reported by us to the chief minister and corporation authorities. However, they have not bothered to clear the debris. This has resulted in formation of termite mounds and snake pits all over the place.”
“I was aghast about the callous manner in which debris was being dumped into the Palace Grounds even after several requests to shift the debris out. All the requests fell on deaf ears. Therefore, government authorities are responsible for degradation of the place.”
“Annaiah, deputy conservator of forests, perhaps assuming that the grounds at Bangalore Palace are forest lands, has reportedly visited the Palace Grounds threatening the security staff.”
“On the contrary, he should have intimated my office prior to his visit to obtain clarification on material facts.’’


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