Save Nishad Bagh or Kuppanna Park in Mysore City

Last Update: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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http://dpal.kar.nic.in/.%5C23%20of%201975%20(E).pdf
The move to construct a musical fountain, a rock garden, a restaurant, an amphitheatre and a parking space inside the 12 acre Nishad Bagh or Kuppanna Park (on the lines of Brindavan Garden / Gardens) defies logic.

The Brindavan Garden/Gardens and the GRS Fantasy/Amusement Park are on the outskirts of the city whereas the Nishad Bagh is right in the heart of the city near the Hardinge Circle / (Mysore) Palace.

Citizens (of the city) go to the parks in the city limits to enjoy nature, trees, peace, serenity and tranquillity and certainly not for eating, entertainment, amusement / fun and frolic (Naach Gaana / Haadu mattu kunita / Gaana Bajaana).

Three other parks are very close to Nishad Bagh. They're People's Park towards its north-west, Gandhi Vana (Horticulture / Horticultural Park) towards its south and Curzon Park towards its west.

The musical fountain with all its noise pollution in the evenings will/would disturb the bird habitat and the sleeping / hunting habits / patterns and rest timings of the non-nocturnal and nocturnal/night birds (which hunt at night) of all the four parks.

There's already a musical fountain at the Brindavan Garden/Gardens and GRS Fantasy Park (built / constructed solely for the sake of fun / amusement, frolic and entertainment only) on the outskirts of Mysore City to entertain the local, desi / deshi / national and videshi / foreign / international tourists.

It seems like the Curzon Park on the Albert Victor Road (the portion beside the Palace near the Hardinge Circle) is also being developed on almost similar lines as a concrete platform is unnecessarily being constructed right in the middle of the park.

A couple of years ago a part of the Nishad Bagh has been encroached upon opposite to the Hotel Siddhartha and Hotel Sandesh The Prince on the pretext of widening the two roads (T. Narsipura / Male Mahadeshwara road and Government Guest House road). It also seems like the open sewage water drain opposite to the Hotel Sandesh too was inside the Nishad Bagh.

The Nishad Bagh's been encircled by hotels in an L shape on two of its sides. We've Hotel Siddhartha on the Government Guest House Road and the Hotel Sandesh The Prince and one more other hotel on the T. Narsipura or Male Mahadeshwara Road.

There is a public / government and a private bus stop for the city / mofussil / rural / suburban commuters / passengers on the Sir Mirza Ismail Road between the Hardinge Circle and the Police Parade Ground (at/near the Police Commissioner's office).

This parade ground gets jammed / congested with police vehicle (vans, jeeps, bikes, scooters, cars) spewing dust, smoke, mud and sand during the Dasara and some other times.

This particular stretch (between the Hardinge Circle and the Police Parade Ground) on the Sir Mirza Ismail Road (which is unfortunately a virtual public spittoon) is already congested with public and private buses parking right on/at the middle of the road with their drivers and passengers spitting saliva and paan on the top of the two wheeler riders from the bus windows in a city that's been rated by the Union MoUD or Ministry of Urban Development as India's second cleanest city for 2010.

There's Vanivilasa Ursu Girls' Primary and High School and College beside the Nishad Bagh making the kids / pedestrians vulnerable to (God forbid) accidents from increased vehicular traffic of tourists and noise pollution.

There won't be sufficient parking space in the coming years to accommodate the increased influx of tourist vehicles if the musical fountain, rock garden, restaurant and amphitheatre come up at one place inside the park because of which the park is very much likely to become a parking space for the tourists' and the hoteliers' vehicles (buses and cars) on the pretext of development (in the next couple of years).

Doesn't the MCC know that it is illegal to construct anything else other than a watchman's quarters inside a park?

http://dpal.kar.nic.in/.%5C23%20of%201975%20(E).pdf 
The Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act, 1975
4. Preservation of parks.- (1) It shall be the duty of the State Government to preserve and maintain as horticultural gardens the parks to which this Act is applicable and take such action as may be necessary to improve the utility of such parks as such gardens.

(2) No land or building within the parks to which this Act is applicable shall be alienated by way of sale, lease, gift, exchange, mortgage or otherwise or no licence for the use of any such land or building shall be granted and any alienation made or licence granted in contravention of this section shall be null and void:
Provided that the restriction under this sub-section to lease shall not apply in the case of buildings existing on the date of coming force of this Act.

The Karnataka Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1985

6. Prohibition of the use of parks, play-fields and open spaces in certain cases.-
No park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 shall be used for any purpose other than the purpose or purposes for which it was used on the date of commencement of this Act in such area.

7. Maintenance of parks, play-fields and open spaces.-
The local authority concerned shall maintain in a clean and proper condition all parks, play-fields and open spaces belonging to or vested in it and included in the list published under section 4 or section 5.

8. Prohibition of construction of buildings etc.-
(1) No person shall construct any building or put up any structure likely to affect the utility of the park, play-field or open space or make any encroachment in or over any park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 :
Provided that the executive authority may, subject to such rules as may be prescribed, permit the construction of such buildings or putting up of such structures as may be necessary for the improvement or more beneficial utilisation of the park, play-field or open space.
(2) No land or building within a park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 shall be alienated by way of sale, lease, gift, exchange, mortgage or otherwise and no licence for the use of any such land or buildings for any other purposes shall be granted and any alienation made or licence granted in contravention of this section shall be null and void.

The construction of a musical fountain, a rock garden, an amphitheatre, a restaurant and a parking space inside Nishad Bagh / Kuppanna Park is illegal as per the The Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act, 1975 and The Karnataka Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1985.

Why's the Mysore City Corporation or MCC hell bent on developing Nishad Bagh to entertain national and global tourists and appease the hoteliers at the cost of civic, traffic and pedestrian rights of the localities / Mysoreans?

We request the persons / agencies / officials / authorities concerned to intervene at the earliest and stop the construction of a musical fountain, a rock garden, a restaurant, an amphitheatre and a parking space inside the 12 acre Nishad Bagh or Kuppanna Park as it defies logic.

Last Update: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Link to the constantly updated captioned photo album
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=31178&id=100000476754310&l=4e356e9f63
http://dpal.kar.nic.in/.%5C23%20of%201975%20(E).pdf
The move to construct a musical fountain, a rock garden, a restaurant, an amphitheatre and a parking space inside the 12 acre Nishad Bagh or Kuppanna Park (on the lines of Brindavan Garden / Gardens) defies logic.

The Brindavan Garden/Gardens and the GRS Fantasy/Amusement Park are on the outskirts of the city whereas the Nishad Bagh is right in the heart of the city near the Hardinge Circle / (Mysore) Palace.

Citizens (of the city) go to the parks in the city limits to enjoy nature, trees, peace, serenity and tranquillity and certainly not for eating, entertainment, amusement / fun and frolic (Naach Gaana / Haadu mattu kunita / Gaana Bajaana).

Three other parks are very close to Nishad Bagh. They're People's Park towards its north-west, Gandhi Vana (Horticulture / Horticultural Park) towards its south and Curzon Park towards its west.

The musical fountain with all its noise pollution in the evenings will/would disturb the bird habitat and the sleeping / hunting habits / patterns and rest timings of the non-nocturnal and nocturnal/night birds (which hunt at night) of all the four parks.

There's already a musical fountain at the Brindavan Garden/Gardens and GRS Fantasy Park (built / constructed solely for the sake of fun / amusement, frolic and entertainment only) on the outskirts of Mysore City to entertain the local, desi / deshi / national and videshi / foreign / international tourists.

It seems like the Curzon Park on the Albert Victor Road (the portion beside the Palace near the Hardinge Circle) is also being developed on almost similar lines as a concrete platform is unnecessarily being constructed right in the middle of the park.

A couple of years ago a part of the Nishad Bagh has been encroached upon opposite to the Hotel Siddhartha and Hotel Sandesh The Prince on the pretext of widening the two roads (T. Narsipura / Male Mahadeshwara road and Government Guest House road). It also seems like the open sewage water drain opposite to the Hotel Sandesh too was inside the Nishad Bagh.

The Nishad Bagh's been encircled by hotels in an L shape on two of its sides. We've Hotel Siddhartha on the Government Guest House Road and the Hotel Sandesh The Prince and one more other hotel on the T. Narsipura or Male Mahadeshwara Road.

There is a public / government and a private bus stop for the city / mofussil / rural / suburban commuters / passengers on the Sir Mirza Ismail Road between the Hardinge Circle and the Police Parade Ground (at/near the Police Commissioner's office).

This parade ground gets jammed / congested with police vehicle (vans, jeeps, bikes, scooters, cars) spewing dust, smoke, mud and sand during the Dasara and some other times.

This particular stretch (between the Hardinge Circle and the Police Parade Ground) on the Sir Mirza Ismail Road (which is unfortunately a virtual public spittoon) is already congested with public and private buses parking right on/at the middle of the road with their drivers and passengers spitting saliva and paan on the top of the two wheeler riders from the bus windows in a city that's been rated by the Union MoUD or Ministry of Urban Development as India's second cleanest city for 2010.

There's Vanivilasa Ursu Girls' Primary and High School and College beside the Nishad Bagh making the kids / pedestrians vulnerable to (God forbid) accidents from increased vehicular traffic of tourists and noise pollution.

There won't be sufficient parking space in the coming years to accommodate the increased influx of tourist vehicles if the musical fountain, rock garden, restaurant and amphitheatre come up at one place inside the park because of which the park is very much likely to become a parking space for the tourists' and the hoteliers' vehicles (buses and cars) on the pretext of development (in the next couple of years).

Doesn't the MCC know that it is illegal to construct anything else other than a watchman's quarters inside a park?

http://dpal.kar.nic.in/.%5C23%20of%201975%20(E).pdf 
The Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act, 1975
4. Preservation of parks.- (1) It shall be the duty of the State Government to preserve and maintain as horticultural gardens the parks to which this Act is applicable and take such action as may be necessary to improve the utility of such parks as such gardens.

(2) No land or building within the parks to which this Act is applicable shall be alienated by way of sale, lease, gift, exchange, mortgage or otherwise or no licence for the use of any such land or building shall be granted and any alienation made or licence granted in contravention of this section shall be null and void:
Provided that the restriction under this sub-section to lease shall not apply in the case of buildings existing on the date of coming force of this Act.

The Karnataka Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1985

6. Prohibition of the use of parks, play-fields and open spaces in certain cases.-
No park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 shall be used for any purpose other than the purpose or purposes for which it was used on the date of commencement of this Act in such area.

7. Maintenance of parks, play-fields and open spaces.-
The local authority concerned shall maintain in a clean and proper condition all parks, play-fields and open spaces belonging to or vested in it and included in the list published under section 4 or section 5.

8. Prohibition of construction of buildings etc.-
(1) No person shall construct any building or put up any structure likely to affect the utility of the park, play-field or open space or make any encroachment in or over any park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 :
Provided that the executive authority may, subject to such rules as may be prescribed, permit the construction of such buildings or putting up of such structures as may be necessary for the improvement or more beneficial utilisation of the park, play-field or open space.
(2) No land or building within a park, play-field or open space specified in the list published under section 4 or section 5 shall be alienated by way of sale, lease, gift, exchange, mortgage or otherwise and no licence for the use of any such land or buildings for any other purposes shall be granted and any alienation made or licence granted in contravention of this section shall be null and void.

The construction of a musical fountain, a rock garden, an amphitheatre, a restaurant and a parking space inside Nishad Bagh / Kuppanna Park is illegal as per the The Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act, 1975 and The Karnataka Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1985.

Why's the Mysore City Corporation or MCC hell bent on developing Nishad Bagh to entertain national and global tourists and appease the hoteliers at the cost of civic, traffic and pedestrian rights of the localities / Mysoreans?

We request the persons / agencies / officials / authorities concerned to intervene at the earliest and stop the construction of a musical fountain, a rock garden, a restaurant, an amphitheatre and a parking space inside the 12 acre Nishad Bagh or Kuppanna Park as it defies logic.

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