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MCC violating Parks Preservation Act, 1975, say protesters

Lung space?People protesting inside Sanjeevani Park in Saraswathipuram in Mysore on Saturday. —Photo: M.A. sriram
Lung space?People protesting inside Sanjeevani Park in Saraswathipuram in Mysore on Saturday. —Photo: M.A. sriram

: Concrete structures being built at Sanjeevani Park, one of the parks maintained by the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) in Saraswathipuram here, in the name of beautification have been opposed by people here.

As per the Karnataka Government Parks Preservation Act, 1975, no concrete structures should be allowed to be built in parks barring a 10 feet x 10 feet shelter for the security guard. However, in recent years, many “unnecessary” structures had been reportedly built in some parks here. One such park is the Sanjeevani Park on Kamakshi Hospital Road in Saraswathipuram, according to activists of Parisara Samrakshana Samithi.

Upset over the continuation of works at the park despite opposition and complaints to the district administration, the Samithi members, led by president Bhanu Mohan, staged a protest demanding that the work be suspended immediately. The activists demanded that parks here should be freed from concrete structures that threaten their existence.

Ms. Bhanu said no action had been taken on the Samithi’s complaint to the district administration over the violation of the Act at Sanjeevani Park. “There are also such examples where structures have come up in parks and have been rented out harming the lung spaces,” she charged.

Instead of preserving the few remaining parks of the city , concrete structures were being allowed in parks in the name of beautification and development. “This must stop. Otherwise the Samithi may consider filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Sanjeevani Park in Ward No. 21 has become inaccessible to the area residents for many months as the work, according to some residents, is going on at a snail’s pace.

Organisations such as Sri Tulasi Parisara Nairmalya Samsthe, Mysore Kannada Vedike and Mysore Rakshana Vedike have extended support to the demand for preserving parks here and preventing their misuse.

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