BANGALORE: Many students, including those from Lawrence School in HSR Layout, have urged BBMP to drop its proposal to convert a ‘playground’ near the school into a park.
On Sunday, they staged a protest against the civic body’s move.
“There are already 23 parks in HSR Layout. Why do they want another park and that too at the cost of a playground where youths from the neighbourhood play every day?” asked a protester.
Corporator Latha Narasimhamurthy, however, said the space is registered as a park and nothing can be done about it. HSR Layout Residents’ Association chairman B N R Reddy said the school should have had its own playground. “According to BDA records, the space is registered as a park. We told BBMP to convert half of the space into a park and leave the rest as a playground,” he said.
When contacted, school chairman P N Subbaiah said the decision to convert the ground into a park is ‘mindless’.
“I have perused the BDA land record which states that this space is a children’s ground. In fact, there is a board near the ground that proclaims that it is a children’s playground. Considering that there are already 23 parks in HSR Layout, it is the bounden duty of the BBMP to reverse its decision,” he said.