Kadri Park to be developed on the lines of Lalbagh

Gazebo, meditation centre, Bonsai plants, soft landscaping planned

Minister for Horticulture S A Ravindranath said that the proposal for the development of Kadri Park at the cost of Rs five crore is with the Finance department. All efforts will be made to sanction first installment, to start the work on the integrated development of Kadri Park before the ending of this financial year.

Speaking to the reporters, during his visit to Mangalore on Monday, he said “After visiting Kadri Park, I have understood the need for developing it. It was former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa who had announced Rs five crore to develop parks in major cities and towns. There is a need to improve water supply to park and develop it on the model of Lalbagh in Bangalore.”

To a query on Horticulture Department not selling ornamental plants and seeds to the consumers, the Minister said that measures will be taken to set right the loopholes in the department.

There is a tendency among the public to purchase plants from the private nursery, he said.

Budgetary allocations

Stating that budgetary allocations to the horticulture department was Rs 753 crore during 2011-12, he said that they will demand a sum of Rs 2,000 crore in the next budget.

Integrated dvpt

Earlier, Assembly Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat said that Action Plan has been prepared for the integrated development of Kadri Park. He urged the Minister to release Rs five crore for the development of the park.

The plan includes development of soft land scape (Rs 160 lakh), laying ultra/Euro tiles (Rs 100 lakh), planting ornamental plants/security grills (Rs 66 lakh), fencing with red laterite stones (Rs eight lakh), construction of water storage tank (Rs 31 lakh), construction of gazebo (Rs 23 lakh), musical fountain (Rs 50 lakh), underground drains (Rs seven lakh), sprinkler/irrigation facility (Rs 20 lakh) and others.

He said Bonsai trees will be planted inside the park and a meditation centre will come up in the eastern side of the Park as per the plan.

To a query on recovery of Kadri Park land given to MRPL, Bhat said that there is a need to find out whether the already sanctioned land can be recovered. At the same time, there is a need to protect the available land belonging to Kadri Park, he said.

Minister for Horticulture S A Ravindranath said that in fight within the BJP has not affected development work in the State. He said the development work are being carried out without any hassle. “CM D V Sadananda Gowda has a final say in the Cabinet expansion. He will decide on the induction of ministers,” he said.

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