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BANGALORE: The growing Bangalore metropolis, with nearly eight million population, will have six more botanical gardens. Work on these parks will commence in June, Minister for Forest and Small Industries C.H. Vijayashankar told presspersons here on Friday. He said that Rs. 24 crore has been provided in the budget for developing these parks to be located at Gulakamalai on Bannerghatta Road, Mahantalinga Pura, near Whitefield, Challahalli Gudda on Doddaballapur Road near Devanahalli, Bhootanahalli on Kanakapura Road and Kengeri, off Mysore Road, and Hessarghatta.
Mr. Vijayashankar said that the first five parks would be developed on an area of 250 acres each and the one in Hessarghatta on 600 acres of land. No concrete buildings, except small quarters for the guard and a canteen, would be built on these parks, he said.
These would be developed on the lines of Rishi Vana, Nakshatra Vana and Tapovana, he said and added that the forest officers concerned are working on it. The Minister said that a Range Forest Officer in Mysore had developed a Nakshatra Vana at Lingambudi Tank there on scientific lines.
Under Krishi Aranya Protsaha scheme, farmers would get within a month more than 2.5 crore saplings, barring acacia and eucalyptus, to plant on their land free.
They would be paid a subsidy of Rs. 10, Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 in the first, second and third year as maintenance cost. The village panchayats will be involved in the scheme, he said.
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