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Lalbagh walkers halt work on parking zone in garden

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Work to resume after expert committee clears it: Minister

GREEN ZONE:Nature lovers fear Lalbagh will turn into another Cubbon Park which sees high vehicle movement.— FILE PHOTO: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY
GREEN ZONE:Nature lovers fear Lalbagh will turn into another Cubbon Park which sees high vehicle movement.— FILE PHOTO: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY

Following protests by nature lovers and the Lalbagh Botanical Garden Morning Walkers’ Association over the parking zone in of the city’s best-loved lung spaces, the Horticulture Department plans to constitute a three-member expert panel to give its opinion.

Addressing presspersons here Thursday, Horticulture Minister S.A. Ravindranath said the panel will weigh the utility of the facility against the consequences on the environment. It will comprise an environmentalist, a botanist and a representative of the Geological Survey of India (GSI).

‘Panel has to give nod’

The Minister said work will be resumed only after the committee clears it.

Construction of the Rs. 80-lakh parking zone inside Lalbagh has stopped following daily protests by morning walkers. Bylanes and pavements had been constructed and construction material was dumped in the area, several people told presspersons.

Officials insist only five out of 240 acres of Lalbagh was being used for the car park but the walkers’ association said the parking zone would eat into the garden space. Construction of the parking zone would turn Lalbagh into another Cubbon Park, where vehicle movement has been allowed, the protesters said.

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