With Cubbon Park all set for a makeover as part of a project being executed by Bengaluru Smart City Limited, the focus will be on using eco-friendly material to preserve the park’s greenery. Deputy Director of the horticulture department disclosed this after a consultation on the issue with walkers and joggers on Sunday.
Improved footpaths and walking/jogging tracks, nature trail paths, children’s play area and yoga centre will be built as part of Phase 2 of the Smart City project, said officials. The lotus pond inside the park will also be rejuvenated.
“The loudest demand at the public consultation was to put an end to concretisation and construction activities inside the park,” said Kusuma G, deputy director (Cubbon Park), horticulture department. “We, therefore, decided to place added focus on using only eco-friendly material in executing Phase 2 of the work,” she added.
Under Phase 1, smart display screens and LED lights equipped with motion sensor technology were installed at various locations inside the park. It was done by the horticulture department in coordination with Bescom.
Members of Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, who were part of the consultation, demanded a boundary wall, more security and 365-day ban on movement of vehicles inside the lung space. The walkers said rules that apply to Lalbagh should be extended to Cubbon Park as well. They outlined their demands in a representation to chief secretary Vijay Bhaskar TM.
“Our main demand was no new construction or concrete structure must come up inside the park and its green cover be increased,” said S Umesh, president of Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association.
BBMP commissioner BH Anil Kumar, officials from the horticulture department and Bengaluru Smart City Ltd were present. Other works being executed under the smart city project include redevelopment of KR and Malleswaram markets, roads under TenderSURE model, clean-up of Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank and retro-fitting of KC General Hospital.