BBMP panel to approach MLAs for funds

The Standing Committee member S K Keshavamurthy, said the panel would shortly approach the MLAs to urge them to part with a part of their funds for the cause. The members would soon meet the Mayor S K Nataraj and City in-charge Minister R Ashoka and seek more funds, said Committee Chairman, K Ranganna. “By next monsoon, we want to surpass the five lakh saplings target. We also plan to ensure that trees are not felled unnecessarily,” Ranganna said.

Ranganna said the panel will also appeal to all councillors and MLAs to plant at least two trees in front of their homes. “We will go all out to create an awareness among Bangaloreans on the need to plant more trees.”

He said the priority for the committee would be to protect land that has been designated as parks in the newly-added areas. Ranganna also said the committee was exploring possibilities of roping in the corporates to adopt a few parks and maintain them.

“Most of these companies are on the City outskirts. They may adopt parks near their facility and maintain them. We are yet to work out the modalities,” he said.

Stringent regulations will be added to the contracts for park maintenance. Under the new contracts, the Committee plans to make it compulsory for the contractors to display their contact details in the parks maintained by them,” he added.

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