Environmentalists protest against Karnataka govt’s move to convert Roerich estate to film city

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Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s determination to transform the heritage Roerich and Devika Rani property at Tataguni close to Kanakpura into a movie metropolis has drawn extreme criticism from environmentalists and artists.

A number of teams have opposed the CM’s determination to develop a movie metropolis on the property and are prepared to file Public Curiosity Litigation (PIL) within the Karnataka Excessive Court docket over the transfer. They declare that the property needs to be preserved for its heritage and cultural worth, because it homes a number of crops and animal species, together with Bursera delpechiana, which is used for making linaloe important oil.

The activists declare that there are a lot of different areas within the state to create a movie metropolis fairly than Roerich property, which is without doubt one of the final lung areas of the town and likewise an elephant hall, which is a part of the Ragihalli forest in Bannerghatta Nationwide Park limits and Turahalli forest.

The 468-acre property belonged to the celebrated artist couple Svetoslav Roerich and Devika Rani till 9 March 1994 after she handed away, whereas Roerich died on 30 January 1993. The property has been beneath the management of the state authorities since 1996 because the couple had been heirless. There’s a colonial-style residence contained in the property the place the primary girl of Indian cinema and grandniece of Rabindranath Tagore Devika Rani and her husband and eminent Russian artist Roerich lived until their finish.

Environmentalist and Ornithologist Dr MB Krishna advised Worldwide Enterprise Occasions, India that, Roerich was given particular permission by the federal government to personal the property, which is part of the forest vary throughout Indira Gandhi’s time as he was an iconic Russian consultant.

He stated that even the linoleum timber are actually in ruins as not many timber may be seen as earlier than because of the poor conservation of them. “Commercialisation and urbanisation are going to destroy the green network of Bengaluru and rather than preserving it government policies are destroying it,” he stated.

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The couple had planted linoleum contained in the property to extract important oils throughout the late ’60s and likewise had imported equipment from Germany for the method. After the couple’s demise, a number of artefacts and valuables have been reported to be lacking from the home.

Roerich and Devika Rani Roerich Property Board had been arrange by the Karnataka authorities beneath the income division to guard the property and all its contents however no main plans have been made to protect its heritage worth.

In 2015, the federal government had spent Rs 2 crore for its restoration and had accepted for organising an artwork museum with an exhibition corridor, auditorium, studios and lodging for artists. One other residence of Roerich at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh was developed into an arts hub whereas the property in Bengaluru has been uncared for.

Whereas the property is without doubt one of the few areas within the metropolis with dense vegetation and habitat for wild animals, the chief minister’s transfer will likely be a extremely dangerous concept, which can end in extra urbanisation by destroying the forests and increasing the concrete jungle.

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