The Karnataka government’s decision to allow the construction of a 10-storey building as an annexe to the high court within Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park has sparked widespread opposition from the public, environmentalists, and political leaders alike. Hundreds of Bengalureans gathered at Cubbon Park on Sunday to protest against the government’s plan, expressing concerns about the encroachment on precious green space and the potential increase in traffic congestion in the area.
S. Umesh Kumar, the president of the Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, emphasized that Cubbon Park is a public space that should be protected from any encroachment, regardless of political interests. He highlighted the importance of preserving the park for future generations and called for united action to oppose the construction project.
The proposal to build a 10-storey annexe within Cubbon Park has faced opposition for the past five years, with activists and environmentalists raising concerns about its impact on the park’s biodiversity and ecological balance. Urging the state government to abandon the proposal, Kumar reiterated the need to safeguard Cubbon Park’s integrity as a vital green lung for the city.
Political leaders, including BJP leader PC Mohan, also voiced their opposition to the government’s plan, labeling it as an assault on Bengaluru’s greenery. Mohan stressed the importance of preserving Cubbon Park as a cherished green space and called on all Bengalureans to vehemently oppose the construction project.
Priya Chetty-Rajgopal, co-founder of Heritage Beku, highlighted the significant reduction in Cubbon Park’s size over the years and warned against further encroachments on its land. She underscored the responsibility of residents to safeguard the park for future generations and urged collective action to halt the destruction of Bengaluru’s green spaces.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon Ltd, echoed similar sentiments, condemning the proposed construction project as detrimental to Cubbon Park’s environmental health. She emphasized the need for high courts to embrace technological advancements and transition to online and virtual platforms instead of pursuing projects that harm the environment.
The opposition to the construction of the high court annexe within Cubbon Park reflects a broader concern about the preservation of green spaces and the sustainable development of urban areas. As public pressure mounts, it remains to be seen whether the Karnataka government will reconsider its decision and prioritize the conservation of Cubbon Park’s ecological heritage.