In Karnataka, 17 acres of a biodiversity park in the Jnana Bharathi campus of Bangalore University will be cleared for the University of Yogic Science and a CBSE centre in south India.
The 100-acre park, set up in 2001, houses 148 species of butterfly as well as 149 species of birds. It also has animals and hundreds of peacocks. Furthermore, it is the largest carbon sink in Bangalore. Hence, any damage to such a place will result
People against biodiversity park land inside university being cleared
The students, professors and neighbourhood felt highly disappointed with the authority’s decision.
Founder of Bangalore Environment Trust Yellappa Reddy said that it took 20-25 years to build what became Bengaluru’s largest carbon sink. People themselves took the initiative to contribute and also participated in planting. In fact, the state government and the university did not contribute any money to this project.
Earlier in 2017, the state government declared the entire university as a Biodiversity Park. Former coordinator of the biodiversity park and a professor at the university, TJ Renuka Prasad, also confirmed that the Bangalore University knew this as well. After that, 14 additional bio-park patches have been developed by individuals and non-government bodies.
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