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Bangalore: Walkers and others lock horns on eco-fitness trail movement | Bangalore News

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The discussion organized by the Swiss consulate touched on other topics, including the need to ban dogs in the park and the requirement to limit the number of people who can enter at a time.

BENGALURU: tempers flare Cubbon Park Sunday morning when citizens and government officials gathered to discuss setting up an eco-fitness trail inside the lung space for the benefit of health enthusiasts.
While some of the walkers vehemently opposed the move, saying it would “disturb” the park’s greenery, some hailed it as a necessary step and said the proposed facility would be designed with materials eco-friendly.
The discussion on the Bengaluru Moves project, organized by the Swiss consulate here to build what is titled Namma Eco Fitness Trail inside Cubbon Park to help walkers, joggers and other fitness enthusiasts, began around 8 a.m. morning near the public library.
Rajendra Kumar Kataria, Principal Secretary of the Department of Horticulture, under which the park falls, kicked off the discussion on the eco-friendly fitness center. Some of the participants, mainly members of the Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, immediately opposed it. “The park has already shrunk and these proposals will only be an obstacle for hundreds of users of the facility. Entry of private parties to build things inside the park must be completely prohibited,” said Umesh Kumar, president of the association.
However, another part of the population welcomed this decision, saying that it does not affect the greenery of the park in any way, since it does not involve the construction of a building or a statue. “I think people should embrace change and take a nuanced stance, especially when it’s environmentally friendly and also helps fitness enthusiasts. Cubbon Park is an urban space, not a reserved forest. proposed exercise is natural and people should accept it,” said Sathya Sankaran, Mayor of Bangalore City.
Sankaran, however, added: “I understand the urge to protect the park, but that doesn’t mean trying to restrict people’s movements and activities in a public space like Cubbon Park, which belongs to everyone. Bengaluraians.”
Staff from the Swiss consulate were also present during the discussion, which also covered other topics, including the need to ban dogs in Cubbon Park and the need to limit the number of people who can enter the space. green at a time.

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