The Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) has urged the State government to order a probe into the ongoing construction at Sanjeevini Park adjoining Kamakshi Hospital here.
In a letter to the Chief Secretary, MGP convener R. Chandra Prakash said because of the construction, the park was out of bounds to the public for the last year.
Mr. Prakash, terming the construction “wanton destruction of a well-maintained park,” alleged that it was collusion between politicians and the administration.
He added that this was a violation of the Karnataka Parks, Playfields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Rules, 1985, under which no structure can be constructed within the park if it is less than 2 hectares in area but for a watchman’s shed (not exceeding 30 sq.m.) if the area of the park exceeds 2 ha.
“As against this, the entire park has been dug up. Provisions are being made to construct shops on one side of the park; a high-level water tank is being constructed, and many sheds for birds and animals are being built. In brief, the entire park area has been used for the construction of a mini-zoo,” he said.
“We request you to order a probe into the matter. It is surprising how such wanton violation of laws has occurred, and as to how the officers of the Mysore City Corporation have either overlooked the issue. Mysore is not any small town. It is a city with a great heritage in terms of culture and civic facilities. If this wanton act can happen here in Mysore one shudders to imagine as to what would be situation in other towns and cities of the State,” the MGP convener said in the letter.