In yet another instance of urban development eating into the city’s remaining green lungs, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is using over 70% of Marenahalli park, also known as Akka Mahadevi Park in Jayanagar, to build a metro station.

According to BMRCL officials, Ragigudda metro station — on the line from R.V. Road to Bommasandra — will occupy the park area.

The park was built in the early 2000s by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), after which it was beautified twice.

Former Pattabhi Ram Nagar ward councillor C.K. Ramamurthy said that work on the park was commissioned in 2010 and later in 2015 when the civic body had installed ornamental trees and made lighting arrangements. Benches, pathways for walkers and fences were erected and a tree grove was grown at a total cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The statue of Akka Mahadevi was also installed, but it has now been removed to make way for the metro work.

Mr. Ramamurthy said, “More than 150 trees were removed from the park for metro work. A BMRCL official said that a majority of them were translocated."

Residents unhappy

Residents are not happy in the way their beautiful park has been taken over.

Narayanappa, a retired government employee who lives near the park, said, “The park used to attract people of all ages. They would come all the way from J.P. Nagar, Marenahalli and other areas. It was also a place for elderly people like me to take rest, but now we are forced to go to other parks that are far away.”

The metro work has been problematic for residents due to the high concentration of dust. Noise pollution, too, has become unbearable, say residents.

“We are suffering because of the dust. The noise keeps us awake at night,” Narayanappa added.

Another resident was worried about the lack of space for children now that the park will be eaten up by the metro. “There are several schools in the area and children would play in the park. Where will they go now?” said Shanmukhapppa, a resident of the area.

A BMRCL official said, “This park was identified for construction of metro line, along with the bus stand located adjacent to it. This particular stretch has a huge built-up area and land acquisition was not easy. The land has been acquired as per the metro alignment plan.”

It was a place for elderly people like me to get some rest, but now we are forced to go other parks that are far away

Narayanappa,

retired government employee


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