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To: B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka
No Film City: Don't destroy Roerich Estate
Cancel the proposal of building a film city in Roerich Estate
Why is this important?
On Sunday, September 15, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa announced a severely problematic plan. He proposed that a film city be built in Roerich Estate, off Kanakpura Road.
Roerich Estate is a lush 460-acre green lung in Bengaluru. Of this, 100 acres belongs to the Forest Department and is a part of an elephant corridor between Bannerghatta and Savandurga. Elephants rest at the estate for a day or two before proceeding on their path. The estate is also home to several leopards, peacocks and barking deer. The biodiversity in this area will be under severe threat if the proposed film city comes up.
Furthermore, activists believe that proposals like the film city are just a ruse to destroy green areas by allowing for real estate encroachments.
On the other hand, artists are also against this proposal. The government has been trying to privatise Venkatappa Art Gallery, a legendary art space in the city. Amidst that, they are further neglecting art by turning Roerich Estate (made in the honour of painter Svetoslav Roerich and actor and his wife, Devika Rani Roerich) into a commercial venture. A similar Roerich estate exists in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh that has now fully developed into an arts hub. However the estate in Bengaluru hasn’t received the same support from the government.
The worst part of this proposal is that several departments of the government, including the State forest department, had no inkling about this before the Chief Minister announced it on Sunday. Since the idea is still in its early stages, it’s the perfect time for us to get together and show our dissent before it materialises into a concrete plan.
Sign this petition now and let’s ensure Roerich estate is not destroyed, and work towards preserving the environment and art in our city.
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