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Updated: March 25, 2011 17:07 IST

Four more Cubbon parks planned in Bangalore

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A scene of Mist Morning at Cubbon park, in Bangalore on February 08, 2011. Photo: K. Murali Kumar.
The Hindu A scene of Mist Morning at Cubbon park, in Bangalore on February 08, 2011. Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

Four more mega parks on the lines of city landmark Cubbon Park would come up in four areas here, Karnataka Forest Minister C H Vijayashankar said today.

“We have identified the land and it’s available within city limits,” he said at a meet-the-press programme, organised by the Press Club of Bangalore and Bangalore Reporters’ Guild.

Mr. Vijayashankar said such mega parks are also planned in all district headquarters.

He said under the agro-forestry promotion scheme, farmers would be give saplings of their choice and also maintenance incentive of Rs 10 per sapling in the first year, Rs 15 in the second and Rs 20 in the third year.

Officials said under the scheme three crore saplings would be distributed every year for the next five years for planting in lands of farmers. It would be implemented in association with Village Forest Committees and Self Help groups.

They said an amount of Rs 50 crore has been provided for this purpose, adding that the Government would take suitable steps to cover these plants under agriculture loan scheme.

Mr. Vijayashankar also said that “One sapling for a child, one forest for a school” programme would be taken up in the State and the Government would ensure that the interested children are given the sapling of their choice.

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