BENGALURU: The Horticulture Department has planned to build five new botanical gardens, on the lines of Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, outside the city.
A park of 228 acres will be built at a cost of Rs20 lakh at Dr M H Marigowda Centre for Plant Conservation and Development in Doddasagare Horticulture Farm at Korategere taluk in Tumakuru district.
Kannamangala Horticulture Farm in Bengaluru Urban district will get a park named East Lalbagh of 70 acres at an estimated cost of Rs90 lakh.
Sri M Visvesvaraya Botanical Garden will be built at Anakanur village in Chikkaballapura district at a cost of Rs500 crore, of which Rs400 crore has already been released. The park will include a glasshouse, an amphitheatre, English garden and maize garden. Chikkaballpur Deputy Commissioner has granted Rs2.5 crore for the construction of the glasshouse over 70 acres.
Mysuru will soon get Lingabudi Botanical Garden of 15 acres at the cost of Rs50 lakh. A rose garden and boating facility at the lake will also be made available. Tharakanalli Botanical Garden will come up in Uttara Kannada district at the cost of Rs40 crore over 20 acres.
The total cost of the five-year project is estimated to be Rs800 crore. While it is currently in its second year, already around 700 crore has been spent on the parks. Exotic plants that cannot thrive in tropical climate will be grown in a controlled environment at the parks in urban areas. CCTV cameras will be installed at the parks once visitors start showing up, said M Jagadish, Joint Secretary, Department of Horticulture.
Tharakanalli Garden in Uttara Kannada
Doddasagare Farm, Korategere, Tumakuru
Lingabudi Botanical Garden in Mysuru Kannamangala
Horticulture Farm in Bengaluru Urban Dist
Sri M Visvesvaraya Botanical Garden in Anakanur village