Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Illegal slum dwellings close entry to park

Illegal slum dwellings close entry to park
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: Residents around Kempambudhi Lake are agitated, as a slum has come up illegally around the historic place and has been causing much nuisance to everyone.

The sheds constructed by the slum dwellers prevent the residents from entering the park developed and maintained by Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP).

According to General Secretary of Kempe Gowda Kendra Samithi Marimalliah, it is illegal to construct buildings in the park area. But, vested interests have allowed people to put up houses there.

“Kempambudhi lake was renovated recently at a cost of Rs 4 crore. The same money was utilised for the beautification of the garden adjacent to the lake. Since sheds have come up, people are not able to enter the park to jog along the periphery of the lake and visit an ancient temple,” he added.

Hundreds of slum dwellers use Kempambudi lake to bathe and other daily needs. During monsoon, the situation turns worse, as the garbage begins to accumulate around the houses and mosquitoes begin to breed.


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