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City’s heritage in stone at Cubbon Park soon

Cubbon Park is readying to offer something more than just the majestic trees and the lush green canopy. Aimed at enhancing Brand Bengaluru, the Horticulture Department along with Tourism, Mines and Geology departments, are working on a rocks park — Karnataka Gatha Vaibhava — in the prime lung space of the city, behind the Central Library. M V Venkatesh, Director, Horticulture Department, said the plan is ready and work will start after the model code of conduct lapses.

The park will house heritage rocks and stones from across Karnataka showing the history of the state through various dynasties like Hoysala and Vijayanagara. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 2 crore. A first ever in Karnataka, the park will be ready by January 2020. The horticulture department will procure heritage rocks, rock edicts and sculptures from the Mines and Geology Department. The departments are also working in close coordination with the archaeological department to procure the rocks and stones, date them by age and dynasties. The park will sync with the library on one side and the museum on the other, with the art gallery and planetarium close by. “People come to Cubbon Park to enjoy the green cover as there is nothing more. Some officials and ministers suggested installing statues of politicians, litterateurs. So, we decided to have stones and sculptures showing the history of Karnataka and dynasties”, an official said.

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