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Encroachment?: The ‘Public Environment Park’ on Miller’s Tank Bund.
Encroachment?: The ‘Public Environment Park’ on Miller’s Tank Bund.

Staff Reporter

A ‘park’ has come up on footpath
‘BBMP has given permission for it’

BANGALORE: The supposed footpath has been taken over by heaps of garbage and used for parking trucks. A nuisance to residents in the area. What does the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike do? Allow residents to turn the footpath into a “public environment park”.

On Wednesday, a park (read: a long stretch of footpath converted into bits of greenery) on Miller’s Tank Bund, was inaugurated by Minster for Industries Katta Subramanya Naidu.

Asked whether the park was an encroachment into the footpath area, Mr. Naidu said that the BBMP had given permission for it. Members of the Rotary Bangalore Brigades, which also helped in the making of the park, said that it was necessary to convert it into a park because the footpath was close to a drain and was in the danger of being converted into a dumping place again.

But is the palike in the right by allowing a park in a place that rightfully should be a footpath? What happens to its responsibility to provide a safe walkway to pedestrians?

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