Park named after Basavanna irks Yelahanka residents

Installation of a Basavanna statue and naming of a park maintained by the BBMP as Vishwaguru Basavannanawara Udyanavana by a religious organisation has angered a section of residents of Yelahanka New Town.

According to a Supreme Court order unauthorised construction of any institutions, be it a temple, a mosque or a church, is not permitted on public places.

In this case, members of Veerashaiva Sri Eshwara Seva Samiti have flouted the rules and encroached upon the Yelahanka N T Park and named it after Basavanna, the residents alleged.

Added to this, members of the religious organisation have installed a 5-ft tall bust of Basavanna and also constructed a podium in the middle of a lawn in the park without seeking permission from the Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) and other civic agencies.

On the encroachment, Jagadish Giri, a resident, said: “The Veerashaiva Sri Eshwara Seva Samithi installed Basavanna’s statue on August 13. When the residents raised objection, members of the Samiti claimed that they had secured the government’s permission. Only when we approached the Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), we realised that the Samiti’s claim was untrue.”

“On the same day we submitted a written complaint to the BBMP Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, AEE and Department of Horticulture but did not receive any favourable response from them,” he added.

Two days later, on August 15, the Samiti conducted an inauguration ceremony and hosted several cultural programmes. The civic agency concerned though assured the residents that the issue would be probed into, no action has been taken even after four months, said Giri.

A majority of the residents want to name the park ‘Nisarga’ or after freedom fighters or Bharat Ratna awardees from the State.

“Naming the park Vishwaguru Basavannanawara Udyanavana can only be construed as an attempt by a religious group to encroach the government property. In Yelahanka New Town, there is already a shrine of Basavanna and a park named after him.

Hence we object the naming of yet another park after Basavanna. Just a few days ago, a group of slum dwellers approached us and wanted to know if they could install a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar,” said P Sunder Rao, a resident.

Members of the RWA have decided to stage a demonstration if the authorities concerned fail to act.

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