Formation of Botanical Garden @ Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Lets restore greenery in Bangalore

Through this letter, we would like to draw your attention to a very fundamental issue that is plaguing cities in particular and a possible resolution for the same.

With the rapid growth of urbanization, the green cover in cities is greatly shrinking and living has become miserable. In a city like Bangalore, a Lalbagh Botanical Garden stands out for its green cover and is providing the much necessary lung space for places in & around Lalbagh in South Bangalore.

Apart from this there is nothing much worth mentioning in terms of extensive green cover in Bangalore.

Hence we are proposing the development of a Botanical Garden in Jakkur. The area identified for this project is the Jakkur Aerodrome which is more or less defunct and is also not advisable for flying due to its proximity to the flyover. We suggest shifting the flyover to outskirts of the city and utilizing the existing space for developing a Botanical Garden.

Currently, the aerodrome is spread over 214 acres (87 ha). The premises includes facilities for flight training, area leased to private parties for hangars and maintenance activities and other common facilities (airstrip, fuel station etc.).

The Maharaja of Mysore acquired over 200 acres (81 ha) of land to build Jakkur Aerodrome, which opened in 1948. The airfield was then transferred to the Government of Karnataka on the condition that the latter would only build a flying school at Jakkur. The Government Flying Training School (GFTS) was established on 26 March 1949. It operated smoothly until 1997, when it faced a shortage of aircraft, fuel, maintenance engineers and flying instructors. The school has operated sporadically since then.

In January 2014, a flyover was completed over NH 44 to improve connectivity between the city centre and the international airport. The flyover, over 12 metres (39 ft) high and constructed immediately west of the runway at Jakkur, presents an obstruction to aircraft landing at the aerodrome.

Plus continuing flying here might pose even greater problems with increased population around Jakkur Aerodrome. God forbid, the thought of a training aircraft crash in a populated area is scary at the least.

Benefits of having a Botanical Garden.

Botanic gardens are mainly devoted to the acquisition and diffusion of knowledge. They have a strong aesthetic element which attracts the wider public.

In current times, they are becoming key players in both the conservation of plants and in the education of the people who come to see them.  They are also starting to play a role in the mitigation of the effects of climate change, and could be absolutely vital to the survival of the planet as they are perfectly placed to help move species around and help ecosystems to adapt to new climates in different regions.

Proposed action
We are planning to undertake a signature campaign to gather support for this cause and then present the same to the Government authorities for possible consideration of our proposal.

Hence we request you to sign for this campaign and support the cause of developing a Botanical Garden @ Jakkur Aerodrome.

Truly yours,

Girish B Puttanna,
Public Issues Forum