If all goes according to plan, the city could soon have a sprawling botanical garden on its outskirts to amble in and learn a thing or two about biodiversity.

After inaugurating the Karnataka Sustainable Development Summit on Friday, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa told presspersons that land would be made available for a botanical garden in Hoskote.

His announcement followed a suggestion to this effect by R.K. Pachauri, Director-General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), at the summit.

The Chief Minister, however, did not discuss details about the site: its size, when the botanical garden would take shape or where the water would be sourced for the project.

“Karnataka believes in strong infrastructure and development, through which we aim to achieve high growth and equality,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said in his inaugural address at the summit, which was based on the theme ‘Sustainable Infrastructure Development in Karnataka: Key Achievements and Way Forward'.

Four themes

The summit dwelt on four themes — green buildings, the power scenario, urban transport initiatives and urban water and resource management — and was organised as a “build-up event” to the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) to be held in February 2011.

Mr. Pachauri said TERI plans to set up in Karnataka a campus of Delhi-based TERI University, which offers postgraduate courses focused on sustainable development.

Green buildings

TERI is eager to give Karnataka technical support to build green buildings, Mr. Pachauri said. TERI had, through the Clinton Climate Initiative, installed two solar thermal power parks in Rajasthan. “Similar parks can be set up in Karnataka,” he suggested.

“We wish to join hands with Karnataka for promotion of energy efficient buildings, tapping renewable resources and illuminating every rural household,” Mr. Pachauri said. “There should be a greater coordination between institutes of higher learning and policy makers for sustainable growth,” he added.

Power projections

S.V. Ranganath, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, said that 100 projects worth Rs. 95,000 crore in the public-private partnership model were in the pipeline for the State.

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