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GKVK Campaign meeting and Gandhi Jayanti Celebn : Oct 2, 5.30pm BEL Layout

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  • vinay sreenivasa
    Community Meeting to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and review Save GKVK Campaign   Friday, October 2, 2009                 6th Block Park BEL
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
    Community Meeting to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and review 'Save GKVK' Campaign

      Friday, October 2, 2009 
                   6th Block Park BEL Layout, Behind Vidyaranyapura Last Bus Stop
     
    Program: 5.30-6.30 PM  Poster Display Candlelight Ceremony and Tiffin

    Issue:
    Proposed construction of a major 80 feet link road through Gandhi Krishi Vignyan Kendra (GKVK) campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru in violation of environmental laws and without serious consideration of alternatives.

    Why is it of concern?
    GKVK with a well-defined campus boundary, demarcated by a compound wall all along its periphery, is a unique habitat with rich bio-diversity providing the much needed green space and shelter to several species of birds, insects, animals, and many rare plants.
    Deforestation as a result of uprooting more than 3000 trees would be extremely detrimental to the green cover, potentially affecting ambient temperature, rainfall, and the surrounding water table.
    Pollution resulting from the fuel emissions of subsequent traffic on the proposed link road would negatively impact the bio-diversity of the campus as also the health of the neighbourhood children and residents.
    The research character of the campus would be adversely affected with the advent of vendors, commuters, establishment of commercial enterprises, and generation of waste material alongside such a major link road through the campus.

    Community Demand and Action taken:
    Environmental Impact Study (EIS) must be done in compliance of legal requirements for forest areas and a serious evaluation of alternatives must be undertaken in consultation with stakeholders and environmentalists before taking a decision.
    Signature campaign for petition to Karnataka Governor
    Petition to BBMP on April 10th, 2009
    Save GKVK Candlelight Vigil on August 25, 2009
    Petition to the Karnataka Governor on August 28th, 2009
    Save GKVK March on September 5th, 2009
    Memorandum to the Karnataka Governor on September 5th, 2009
    Submission for intervention to the Director General of Forests, Ministry of Environment and Forests

    Status:
    GKVK has transferred the land to BBMP. BBMP has completed felling of trees and has initiated civil works. Court has issued stay order on further felling of trees. Forest department has filed a FIR and is investigating the issue.

    Must SAVE this lung space - the GKVK campus - one of the last remaining green cover in North Bengaluru!
       Contact:9535103050                                                                                       Email: SaveGKVKadmin@...

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