Save Lalbagh, Save Nanda Road, Save Bangalore’s future
Joing the Protest against the illegal construction of Metro in Lalbagh
Friday, Apr 17, 6pm, R. V. Road (at Lalbagh West Gate)
Earlier this week (April 13-14), the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) demolished over 500 feet of Lalbagh's wall and cut down trees inside Lalbagh illegally, all for a Metro Station (which can become a parking lot and a Mall soon).
This protest is in continuation of the successful protest held on 15 April.
Come in large numbers. Bring expressive posters
Bangalore’s Metro can go underground and save the city and its landmarks for posterity.
We urge the Government to scrap the totally unnecessary Rs. 3,000 crores investment in the High Speed Rail Link from M G Road to Bangalore airport, which will serve the needs of only 30,000 air travellers.
We demand the Government invest this Rs. 3000 crores to take the Metro Underground – and serve the needs of lakhs of people now and in future.
This is techno-economically possible, if there is political will and vision.
Metro's Impact on Lalbagh
l1135.18 square metres of Lalbagh Botanical Garden has been acquired for a Metro Station.
This has been done by an Ordinance to the Karnataka Parks Act, without prior public consultation or democratic debate.
l Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has demolished 500 ft of the wall and cut 5 trees along the Lal Bagh West Gate on 13th-14th April
lThis will surely lead to a greater portion of the park being taken away to create parking zones and malls at the Metro stations, as planned.
Metro's Impact on Nanda Road and Other Parks
When BMRCL sought clearance, it claimed that trees on Nanda Road will only be pruned, not cut.
Now in response to an RTI application BMRCL has confirmed that 323 trees will be cut on Nanda – RV road. That is ALMOST ALL TREES ON NANDA ROAD WILL BE CUT.
42 other trees will be pruned and cause a huge loss in Nanda road, tree canopy and park areas
BMRCL also plans to acquire land in Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain and Cubbon Park and trees will come under the axe.
The alignment through Lalbagh and Nanda Road has been extended to Kanakapura Road in total contravention of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, and is likely to be an economic disaster as the potential ridership here is not very significant.
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