Save Bannerghatta National Park - Save Bengaluru

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Problem

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change published revised draft notification reducing the area of Eco-Sensitive Zone around Bannerghatta National Park by 100 sq km.


They have reduced it from 268.96 sq km to 169.84 sq km. It also reduces the extent of the ESZ from a maximum of 4.5 km to a maximum of 1 km.


This arbitrary action not only threatens the fragile eco-system and biodiversity of BNP but also defeats the stated purpose of establishing an ESZ to buffer impacts on the National Park. This also threatens the lives of citizens living around the park who have been at the receiving end due to blasting and dust pollution from rampant stone quarrying and crushing activities.


Given its proximity to Bengaluru city, the park and its surroundings play a crucial role in reducing the heat island effect and pollution in Bengaluru city and helps alleviate the overall quality of life for the city’s inhabitants.


Additionally, BNP also serves as a watershed for streams/rivers like Antargange, Suvarnamukhi, Rayathmala, Muthyalamadavu, Hebbalalahalla, Bantanahalla, Aanemaduvinhalla, Shankatanahalli etc, most of which empty into the economically and culturally significant Cauvery river.


What Needs to be Done?

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change must ensure that 268.96 sq km i.e the area stated in the draft notification from June 2016 is identified as ESZ.


Any deviation from the earlier draft will not only impact residents and wildlife in and around the national park but its long-term effects will bear repercussions on Bengaluru city, which is on track of becoming an unlivable city.


The implementation of a larger ESZ with 268.96 sq km will help mitigate the effects of urbanisation and promote sustainable development in the region. It will ensure protection of the traditional agrarian life in villages and farms around the BNP and prevent fragmentation of forests which otherwise would lead to man-animal conflict.

It is the moral obligation and duty of the Government and Citizens to leave our city better for future generations instead of destroying it and making it unlivable.

What you can do?

Sign this petition, share it with your friends and family & write to esz-mef@nic.in with your comments and objections with a copy to unitedbengaluru18@gmail.com



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