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To: Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa. Minister of Housing Department Karnataka, V. Somanna
Bangalore needs Bannerghatta, not a statue!
1. Reject the proposal to construct Vivekananda Statue near Bannerghatta National Park
2. Consult environmentalists and check the ecological damage before thinking of building.
Why is this important?
Bangalore is undergoing the onslaught of COVID19 with 141 new cases discovered today, on the 1st of June. Yet on the 30th of May, inspired by the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, the Minister of Housing in Karnataka announced plans to build a similar statue. A 120-feet statue of Swami Vivekananda at Muthyalaya Maduvi waterfall near Bannerghatta National Park (BNP). This statue is set to occupy 3 acres of land a mere 10 kms from BNP.
At a time when Karnataka is struggling with COVID19, a migrant labourer crisis, and a daily increase in cases - this statue will cost funds that could be better used elsewhere. Environmentalists are opposing the government’s decision not only for the damage it will cause and the trees it will fell but also as severely compromises Bannerghatta National Park.
Making this area a high-density tourist spot will put an increased burden on the already thinning eco-sensitive zone of Bannerghatta National park. This eco-sensitive zone that was cropped by almost half, earlier this year and this decision is currently in courts. While promoting tourism in the state is important, it is equally important to ensure that it is not at the cost of severe environmental damage.
The unsustainable and potentially damages blasting required for the statue construction needs careful geological investigations. Additionally, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment need to be conducted and so far the reports of these assessments have not been considered, let alone made public.
Thankfully the plans for this statue have only just been voiced. A formal proposal is yet to be made. Which means we must act now! If enough people lend their voice to the fight we can put an end to this foolhardy plan.
Let’s make sure it’s clear to the Chief Minister of Karnataka that Bangaloreans do not stand with this plan. We will not let them move forward with the construction of the Swami Vivekananda Statue. Bannerghatta National Park is Bangalore’s treasure trove of greenery, it will not be lost to a statue we do not need.