The High Court this morning stayed the grant of forest land to the Dr Vishnuvardhan memorial. Three environmentalists including Sharat Babu who is a consultant to the BBMP had filed a public interest litigation challenging the grant of two acres of land near Kengeri for the memorial.
The ground breaking ceremony for the event scheduled for this morning was however completed before the court made its order. It is challenged that the two acres is in the buffer zone of a notified forest which cannot be used for any purpose. The government advocate told the court that the ground breaking ceremony is already complete but the court said that since there was violation of forest rules it is staying the grant of land. With the stay further work on the memorial cannot go on. The order comes on the fifth death anniversary of Dr Vishnuvardhan. The memorial work has been riddled with problems for the last few years now.