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Cubbon Park Management Authority opposed

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Fearing commercialisation and privatisation of Cubbon Park, members of Dr. M.H. Mari Gowda Horticultural Education and Research Foundation have urged the government to drop the proposal to set up a Cubbon Park Management Authority. They have alleged that ‘commercial interests’ are behind the proposal.

The foundation’s secretary and retired director of Horticulture Department L. Hanumaiah told reporters on Saturday that the Suvarna Karnataka Udyanavanagala Pratishtana (SKUP) is already maintaining several important parks in the State, including the 192-acre Cubbon Park. SKUP is headed by the Horticulture Minister and includes other government representatives and experts in plants and ecology.

“We learnt that the Bangalore Vision Group has advised the government to set up a separate body to maintain park. The proposed authority, under the Tourism Department, is likely to allow hotels and other commercial units in the park to attract tourists. These activities will harm the atmosphere of the park and restrict entry to over 5,000 walkers,” he said.

Expressing concern that the park will be transferred to private parties, Mr. Hanumaiah said there is no need to set up a separate authority.

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