Karnataka Government - Don't destroy #Hesaraghatta Grasslands
  • Petitioned Principal Secretary

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Department of Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Karnataka, Vikasa Soudha, Bangalore
Principal Secretary
MS Building, Ambedkar Vidhi, Bangalore
Secretary, Department of Information
Forest, Ecology & Environment Department Room No.448, 4th Floor M.S.Building, Bangalore-560 001
Additional Chief Secretary to Government
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore-560003
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests(Wildlife)
Govt. of Karnataka, Vartha Soudha, Infantry Road, Bangalore-560 001
Director, Dept. of Information
Department of Information, Govt. of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore
Chief Secretary to Government

Karnataka Government - Don't destroy #Hesaraghatta Grasslands

    1. Arkavathy and Kumudvathy River Rejuvenation Trust
    2. Petition by

      Arkavathy and Kumudvathy River Rejuvenation Trust

      Bangalore, India

300 acres of pristine nature might soon make way for a theme park, film city and a golf course. The Karnataka Government has approved the proposal to convert natural grasslands in Hesaraghatta into a commercial area. 

The department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Karnataka owns about 305 acres land at Kodihalli Village, Doddaballapura Taluk, which is the last remaining piece of grassland around Bangalore.  

Hesaraghatta is the last remaining grassland in and around Bangalore and requires immediate protection. These grasslands are a unique and threatened ecosystem that supports very specialized flora and fauna including birds of prey that migrate from Europe and Central Asia in winter as well as the recently rediscovered Schedule 1 Lesser Florican (Sypheotides indicus) – one of India’s most threatened birds. These life forms will disappear when the grasslands are destroyed or disturbed. 

In a recent report, a committee constituted by the Planning Commission has stated that “grasslands and deserts are the most neglected ecosystems by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), which looks after biodiversity conservation in India”.

These grasslands also provide valuable ecosystem services to the residents of Bangalore. It is a very important catchment area for the lake at Hesaraghatta. Protection of this area is also critical to the proposed rejuvenation of the Arkavathy river basin. Government has recently called for tenders to start work of rejuvenation of Arkavathy. Any development on this land will be detrimental to the rejuvenation of river Arkavathy.

All these factors make the area a very important and sensitive ecological zone.

The grasslands face severe threats like littering by picnicking groups, highly damaging film shooting, vehicle & equipment testing by army/defence.

In the latest budget of the state presented by the Chief Minister recently there is a proposal to develop a 'theme park' on the said land. Any development on this Interstitial Zone (IZ)* will be detrimental to both the biodiversity of these grasslands as well as the rejuvenation of river Arkavathy – and to the efforts to quench the thirst of Bangalore.

We are writing to request you to ask the state government to stop the plans for the development of a theme park /film city and give a no-objection certificate to declare this area as a protected zone.

This would be a great service for the future of the region and city.

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Chief Minister of says that an MOU is signed to build a film city

      Dear Friends,
      Last week newspapers of Bangalore quoted the chief minister announcing that an MOU was signed during the recently held Global Investor Meet to build a film city on the grassland. However the state Tourism and Information departments have informed us that they have not signed any such MOUs. We are now trying to find out the details of the MOU (if it is really signed) and get a copy of it. Our next steps to conserve the grassland will depend on the details we get.
      Thanks for your support
      Mahesh Bhat

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. We have set up a new blog

      This blog - Reviving a Hope will give readers a detailed idea of the river Arkavathy and the efforts for its rejuvenation.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

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      • 8 months ago

      i want my childrens and grand childrens to see green (Nature)

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      • 8 months ago

      If this grassland is removed, it will destroy one of the few remaining habitats of this kind and may lead to extinction of some of the flora and fauna

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      • 8 months ago

      Grassland is important from birds habitation points of view

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      • 9 months ago

      Ecosystem

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    • umesh reddy INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      Its important thats it

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