Racecourse to morph into a garden

The State Government has decided to develop a 90-acre plot of the present Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) in the city as a public garden.

The Karnataka High Court on Monday ruled that the BTC should shift from its present premises on Racecourse Road before September 22, 2010.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said the Government would obey the court orders and would develop the area as a garden. The Government would cooperate with the BTC in identifying land for shifting the club, he said.

Taking note of the large-scale felling of trees on and around Racecourse Road and the failure of the authorities to plant trees, the High Court had repeatedly asked the State to desist from putting up any construction on any place in the present BTC area, and to maintain it as a mini-forest.

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