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.

Israeli luxury hotel The Den open doors in Bengaluru

Israeli luxury hotel The Den open doors in Bengaluru

The exponential growth of Bengaluru as a major technology hub over the years has lured leading Israeli hospitality chain Dan Hotels to begin its global foray in India from Namma Bengaluru.

According to a top executive Bengaluru, as India’s Silicon Valley, has a lot of common with Israel, known as the Silicon valley of West Asia.  Bengaluru’s booming growth, which is faster than other Indian cities, attracted the Dan Hotels to open their first hotel ‘The Den’ outside Israel in Bengaluru.

Co-founded in 1947 by brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann as a luxury hospitality chain, the Tel Aviv-based Dan Hotels has 14 properties across Israel in seven cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern port city of Haifa.

Though the chain had a soft launch of its first international property in Bengaluru in December 2017, Nissenbaum,  Dan Hotels President and CEO officially unveiled it recently, making Dan the first Israeli hospitality group to own a five-star luxury hotel in the subcontinent.

Located in the city’s bustling eastern suburb of Whitefield, home to several tech firms, the 226-room The Den with 21 floors was built at an upfront cost of $70 million (Rs 490 crore), with a helipad on the rooftop, a personal movie theatre, a 70-seater auditorium, a gaming zone and plenty of space for partying.

The hotel offers spacious rooms upwards of 360 sq ft in four categories starting from Rs.10,000 up to  Rs.80,000 for its Paramount Suite; over 10,000 sq ft of indoor banqueting space equipped with the latest technology, in addition to alfresco dining and partying spaces on its lawns and around the water bodies dotting the hotel.

The construction of the hotel was by L&T and the project management by JLL.  The Den will compete with hotels such as Vivanta by Taj, Marriott Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton and The Zuri that have already established a steady clientele in Whitefield.

 

 

Gas pipeline damaged near Whitefield today

Gas pipeline damaged near Whitefield today

A leakage in Gail gas pipeline near Decathlon on ITPL Main road, Gardacharplaya in Mahadevapura near Whitefield has panicked locals and commuters.

Metro officials along with fire force, GAIL authorities and police rushed to the spot and blocked 500 metres radius of the area.  Traffic moving towards ITPL Main road to reach Whitefield were advised to use Devasandra main road or use outer ring road (ORR) to proceed towards Marathahalli and reach Whitefield.    Traffic moving towards the city from Whitefield are advised to proceed towards graphite from Hoodi proceed towards Kundalahalli towards city via Marathahalli.

Fire and emergency services personnel were pressed into service to prevent any further danger.  Gail officials, who restored the pipeline, claimed that the leak was caused due to the ongoing Namma Metro Construction work.

According to the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)  it was an accidental damage. He said the pipeline was not found in the test trenching but BMRCL was not taking steps to ensure such accidents do not repeat.

In order to prevent any such reoccurrence, BMRCL is obtaining gas network alignment from GAIL in all metro reaches.  BMRCL  will super impose them with metro alignment and ensure removal of any potential conflict before taking up any construction.

This is the second such incident as a similar incident occurred in Mahadevapura on October 22 and a complaint was filed with the Mahadevapura police station.