Staff Reporter

‘Security personnel should regulate parking of vehicles’

BANGALORE: The ecology of the Cubbon Park will be spoiled if the High Court goes ahead with its underground parking project, according to advocates N.P. Amruthesh and M.G. Kumar.

Mr. Amruthesh and Mr. Kumar told presspersons that the underground parking on the western and eastern side of the High Court building was coming up in a lush green garden which had several trees.

Apart from spoiling the ambience of the area, the new project would spoil the beauty of historical High Court, they said.

The construction would be against the 1979 order of the Government barring any temporary or permanent construction in the Cubbon Park vicinity.

They said there was no need for a new parking facility as the burden of the High Court would come down after its circuit benches in Hubli and Gulbarga would start functioning.

The present parking facility near the High Court and the KGID building would be sufficient. They suggested that the High Court security should strictly prevent parking of vehicles other than those of advocates and litigants.

They alleged that the underground parking project had been mooted without taking concurrence of the Horticulture Department. Environment and ecological impact assessment reports and expert’s opinion on the impact on the High Court had not been done. Authorities were not ready to explore alternative solutions to resolve the parking problem, they said.

Mr. Kumar said a representation had been sent to Chief Justice of India expressing their concerns over the project and sought his intervention.