In a discussion with Honourable Minister for Higher Education and Tourism, Chairman, KJA mentioned about the Yamuna Biodiversity Park of Delhi. Honourable Minister felt the need for creating such a park in Bengaluru Urban. On the behest of the Minister, Chairman, KJA requested Prof. C.R. Babu, Professor Emeritus, School of Environmental Studies, Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi, who spearheaded development of Yamuna Biodiversity Park to send a draft concept note for establishing a biodiversity park. The concept note sent by Prof. Babu was discussed and approved during the 2nd KJA meeting, held on September 22, 2014. A detailed project proposal was then sought for further action. Honourable Minister held a review meeting on November 29, 2014 and approved the project and requested KJA to facilitate in obtaining a detailed project report from Prof. Babu and Lake Development Authority. KJA, after receiving the comprehensive project proposal, submitted a formal report to Government recommending establishment of biodiversity park in Madivala Lake System.
The Bio-Diversity Park will recreate self-sustaining ecosystems with native flora and fauna characteristic of the area for enhancing the quality of environment. The park will have mosaic of wetlands interspersed with grasslands and scattered trees, greenways with walkways, shelter belt of bamboo thicket, shrub-land of native fruit bearing shrubs, a shoreline community of marsh plant species, aquatic community, game fishing zone, herbal and scented garden and nature interpretation centre among others. The Biodiversity Park will buffer the local weather and serve as sink for CO2 and urban pollutants and also serve as a adaptation to climate change. The time estimated for developing the lake into a full-fledged biodiversity park is 5 years.
- KJA formally submitted Establishment of Biodiversity Park in Madivala Lake System as a Recommendation, along with Project Report to Honourable Minister for Higher Education and Tourism Sri. R.V. Deshpande on March 2, 2015.
- Government of Karnataka accepted the Recommendation and announced its implementation in the 2015-2016 State Budget.
- Issuing of Sanction Order by the Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment is in progress
Honourable Chief Minister has allocated funds in the FY 2015-2016 for establishing Biodiversity Park in Madivala Lake System.
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