East Bengaluru Lal bagh – green space at Kannamangala

East Bengaluru Lal bagh is taking shape at Kannamangala near Whitefield.  It is also known as a mini Lal bagh. 

East Bengaluru Lal Bagh taking shape

The Karnataka State Horticulture Department is establishing a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh.  

East Bengaluru Lal bagh – a reality :

Whitefield residents need not face the tiring traffic on Bengaluru  roads.  No need to travel over 20  kilometers to catch the fresh air of Lal bagh. The State Horticulture Department is establishing  a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh known as East Bengaluru Lal bagh at Kannamangala.

Inside the park

East Bengaluru Lal bagh will give that part of the city a much-needed fresh lung space. A unit of the State Horticulture Department, the elite seed coconut farm, is spread across at Kannamangala, near Whitefield. This area is being converted into a botanical garden and is to be christened as East Lal bagh. 

Area covered – East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

It is spread across 152 acres of coconut farm.  It is having 3500 coconut trees in many varieties.  The project was proposed many years back but was not started due to lack of funds.  The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs.1.5 crore.

East Lal Bagh –  tree varieties :

As the area is already filled with coconut trees, the horticultural department is planning to sow and cultivate different saplings.  The existing coconut palms will be used for mixed cropping, inert-cropping  and multi-tier cropping. 

Varieties of trees at East Bengaluru Lalbagh

The department is planning to sow various flowering plants.  This includes orchids, spices and condiments, beverage crops, timber trees, buffalo grass etc. as base plants. 

Other facilities at East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

Irrigation work is under process. A walking stretch or trek is under construction.  An amphi-theatre and butterfly garden in also included.  Signage will be put everywhere to help the visitors to the garden. 

The garden needs lot of water as there is severe scarcity of water in the area.  To meet the water needs the department is planning to use treated water from industries around. 

Existing bore-well is been rejuvenated and new bore-wells have been drilled.

This East Bengaluru Lal Bagh is an extension of the existing botanical garden.

Vehicle ban – lalbagh botanical gardens

Vehicle ban – lalbagh botanical gardens

Vehicle ban will be implemented in lalbagh very soon.  The drive is to make the botanical Gardens a paradise for ‘walkers’. 

Lalbagh botanical gardens

Complete vehicle ban inside Lalbagh :

The complete vehicle ban will be implemented within two months in the botanical gardens.  All the officials and the visitors to the gardens either have to walk or to use the battery operated vehicle.

The joggers and walkers in the lalbagh will be free of vehicle inside the garden once vehicle ban is implemented.

Lalbagh – Botanical gardens – History :

Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultancompleted it. Hyder Ali decided to create this garden on the lines of the Mughal Gardens that were gaining popularity during his time.

walkers and joggers

Hyder Ali laid out these famous botanical gardens and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. Hyder Ali deployed people from Thigala community who were extremely good in gardening.

The Lalbagh gardens were commissioned by the 18th century and over the years it acquired India’s first lawn-clock and the subcontinent’s largest collection of rare plants.  A menagerie established in the 1860s was under the charge of G.H. Krumbiegel in 1914. 

Janaspandana – vehicle ban :

Many walkers and joggers had aired their views about the facilities and the disturbance of vehicles inside the Lalbagh during Janaspandana meeting.  The citizens had requested for a complete vehicle ban inside the gardens.

The Horticultural department has agreed to ban private as well as public vehicles inside the garden.  The department has also agreed to complete vehicle ban. This includes government vehicles, the departments vehicles and their staffers.

Buggies inside Lalbagh :

4 or 5 battery operated vehicles will be in use inside the botanical garden once complete vehicle ban in implemented.  The officials and horticulture staff will be using the buggies or walk the distance. 

Buggies inside lalbagh

The horticultural officials are planning to level the uneven walking path and repairing of broken gate on Siddapura side.  Provisions have been made for hawkers in eight designated areas.  Diffused lights will be used in the walking paths early the morning. 

Lalbagh Botanical Garden – makeover

Lalbagh Botanical Garden – makeover

Lalbagh Botanical garden is all set to get a makeover in Bengaluru.

Soon visitors can see more fish in the lake in the Lalbagh Botanical garden.  It is getting ready for a make-over.  Eight low-level aerators and one high level have been placed in the lake to provide oxygen in the pond water.

The botanical garden is enriched with numerous native and exotic flora of wide-ranging diversity, use and interest. This has been achieved by way of introduction, acclimatization, and multiplication of plants.  These plants have been obtained from various parts of the world since its inception in 1760.

 

Glass House at Lalbagh Botanical garden:

Glasshouse was built in 1889 during the administration of Sri John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. Designed on the lines of the Crystal Palace of England, it was intended for acclimatizing the exotic plant specimens. Today, as the jewel of Lalbagh, it is the center stage for holding the famous biannual flower shows.

The garden is getting a butterfly park along with a taxonomy and fragrance garden.  Lalbagh’s 240-acre campus is home for many magnificent trees, a bandstand,  a glass house and spectrum of exotic flora.

The vacant land around Lalbagh rock is been identified for this make-over project.  Consultation is taken with naturalists and environmentalists in this regard.

butterfly park

Butterfly park:

Lalbagh botanical garden has 900 genera and 2500 species of flora.  This fauna and flora attract a lot of butterflies.  The horticultural department is planning to rear butterflies in the laboratory and release into the park.

The butterfly park project will have shrubs, herbs, climbers and other trees.

The other two butterfly project in Bengaluru :

  • Bannerghatta Biological Park
  • Doraisanipalya Jallary Reserve Forest off Bannerghatta Road.

The project at Lalbagh Botanical Garden also includes a taxonomy and fragrance garden.  Two acres of land will be utilized to plant rare saplings from the western ghats.

One acre of land in the Lalbagh is reserved for growing 125 endangered species and plants.  175 kinds of fruit-bearing trees will also be planted in the fruits tree park.

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Lalbagh Gardens – Mounting problems

Lalbagh Gardens – Mounting problems

Lalbagh Garden – the city’s famous botanical garden is mounting with problems.

Lalbagh Garden – a beautiful slice of heaven in namma Bengaluru is facing problems like mounting garbage, scarce toilets, stray dogs etc.

History of Lalbagh :

Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultan completed it. Hyder decided to create this garden on the lines of the Mughal Gardens that were gaining popularity during his time.

The Mysore ruler laid out these famous botanical gardens and his son added horticultural wealth to them.  Tipu imported trees and plants from several countries.

The garden has a famous glass house dating from 1889. The garden hosts two annual flower shows on 26th January and on 15th August. Lalbagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants. The garden has a lake and is one of the main tourist attractions.

A 250-year-old garden on 240 acres, with one of the most spectacular collections of trees in the world, is trashed. Very disheartened to see the crowd fill the place with garbage even though there are dustbins kept all over the place.

Problems at Lalbagh :

A  heritage rock – a three hundred billion-year-old rock is the major attraction of Lalbagh garden.  It is always filled with plastic covers flying all over the place and soft drink bottles.

Shame on people for this disaster!  A so-called hi-tech city with a very highly educated crowd.

Bengaluru has a serious problem due to the incomplete and improper segregation of sewage and storm-water drain lines. While the sewage is meant to reach sewage treatment plants, storm-water is meant to drain into lakes and water bodies.

The longtime regular walkers complain about the lack of maintenance within the premises and point out the lack of dustbins.  The sale of packaged food like pop-corns, chips, juice in tetra pack, water bottles inside the park is contributing to the problem.  This problem is not being controlled.

Facilities at Lalbagh

The Botanical Garden has an ambulance facility.  The medical facility includes treatment for snake bite and honeybee stings.

At present, the garden is using 2 auto tipper and 30 member team to clear the waste in the garden.

The Lalbagh has built tanks to compost dry leaves. By this project, the garden is generating organic fertilizers.  These composed organic fertilizers are sold to the public.  The garden sells around 350 tonnes every year.

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