GKVK or Gandhi Krishi Vignyan Kendra located off Bellary road; it houses centres of excellence in education such as the University of Agricultural Sciences and National Centre for Biological Sciences.
It also happens to be one of the last breathing spaces in the ever expanding city called Bangalore. The bio-diversity found on this plot of land is remarkable. I don’t think any agriculture university in the world can boast of such a huge biodiversity available within the campus premises.
Here are the stats to prove it.
The UAS, they said, had come up with 28 varieties of paddy, 14 in ragi, seven in sugarcane, six in cowpea, five in soybean, three in sunflower, two each in dolichos, sesamum and sweet potato and 35 different breeds of sheep.
The campus is home to 165 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, 99 species of butterflies and 13 species of mammals. In addition, there are hundreds of species of insects. The diversity of flora includes 530 plant species, 46 species of medicinal plants, 24 species having high medicinal value and six rare plants. There is a world class germplasm collection on the premises. The botanical garden is one of its kind and it has 469 plant species.
Sadly this may all be lost if the BBMP’s proposal of a link road joining Yelahanka to Yeshwantpur through GKVK falls through. The residents of the area are doing their best to quell this potential ecological disaster. But despite getting an adjournment from high court the road work still continues.
There is no doubt that this road will go a long way in easing Bangalore’s traffic woes but at what cost? Is it worth it? I certainly don’t think so and hope you agree.
Here are links to a couple of articles that helped paint a clear picture of the situation to me. I hope you too will find them useful.