The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has taken over the Sri Lakshmikantha Swamy Temple, a medicinal eco-park at Padmanabha Nagar, as mentioned in a press release on Friday.
The park which was constructed to maintain oxygen levels in the city is now in the process of being commercialised. The park was earlier taken care of by the trustees of the Sri Lakshmikantha Swamy temple. As per the demand of the World Health Oganisation (WHO), the park aims to provide physical, mental, social, and psychological health to the visitors of the park. The park houses over 100 types of medicinal plants that were imported from various countries and is also home to a lot of birds and animals.
A writ petition along with a public interest litigation was filed in 2010 when the park was modified by the BBMP by building tarred roads, compounds, and removing the iron fences. The judgment to the case filed from the high court said that no further modification is to be made in the park without the consent of jeeva vaividhya mandali. Though there have been no positive responses from jeeva vaividhya mandali or the public, the BBMP has begun further modifications.
Imminent personalities like rashtrakavi GS Shivarudrappa, Dr Nagesh Hegde, and Dr harish Bhatt after their visits to the park have expressed their concern over the commercialisation of the park.
– Krishna Dileep
I MS Com