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DELIGHTFUL PLACE: A view of the Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park at Mathikere which will be inaugurated on Sunday. K. Gopinathan
DELIGHTFUL PLACE: A view of the Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park at Mathikere which will be inaugurated on Sunday. K. Gopinathan

Staff Reporter

It has been developed at a cost of Rs. 9 crores

BANGALORE: Come Sunday, over 12 lakh residents of the north-western parts of the city can soon relax at the 85-acre Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park developed by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) at Mathikere.

This park, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on that day, has over 25,000 varieties of trees and shrubs from all parts of Karnataka, besides select exotic and aquatic species.

Work on the park has been completed and people can start using the jogging track and four water bodies, laze around in the garden and enjoy the landscaping, Opposition leader in the BMP Council and area (Mathikere) corporator B.R. Nanjundappa, said.

After a tour of the park along with presspersons on Friday, Mr. Nanjundappa said the park had been developed at a cost of Rs. 9 crores. "After Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, this is the biggest park in the city. It has a nature centre, an exhibition plaza, an amphitheatre, a jogging track, lawns spread on 25 acres, a nursery, four water bodies with an island and nesting place for birds, a sewage treatment plant, a play area for children, seating arrangements and toilets," he said and pointed out that the focus was to make the park a tourist destination.

"The entire park has been designed efficiently in order to achieve maximum biodiversity. Over a period of time, it is sure to become a vital and meaningful green space. Work on the musical fountain will start soon, and it will be commissioned in three months," he said.

Pointing out that Mathikere lacked a proper storm water drainage system, Mr. Nanjundappa said: "We have constructed new drains to divert sewage from the neighbouring localities and ensure that it does not flow into the water bodies of the park."

He said the quality of air in this park was pure and "unmatched" as it was away from the city. The park also had a parking lot to accommodate 200 cars and 400 two-wheelers and a proper security system. "Though we need over Rs. 60 lakhs annually to maintain this park, as of now we have no plans to collect entry fee. We may need to levy a fee later," he said.

The park has a `Pavitra Vana' comprising a `Navagraha Vana,' `Nakshatra Vana' and `Rashi Vana.' Dignitaries, who will be present at the inauguration of the park, would plant a sapling each that suited their star signs in the garden.

"People who believe that a walk around trees that match their star signs will bring good fortune can use this `Pavitra Vana'," Mr. Nanjundappa said.

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