Bengaluru Metro goes green with CSR funds

GN Bureau | September 14, 2015




Peenya in Bengaluru was once Asia’s biggest industrialist estates. It will become the first Namma Metro station to have a green look and it is due to the interest shown by industries in the vicinity.

Corporate houses have expressed their willingness to create a landscape garden here under corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, U A Vasant Rao, general manager (finances) said media houses and advertising agencies have also shown interest in the venture.

Tenders in this connection had been floated on September 8 and a one-month deadline has been given, Rao said.

Peenya is part of Reach-3A of Namma Metro which runs between Yeshwantpur station and Peenya Industrial Area. The idea is to have a landscape garden running up to 600 feet in length and it will come up till the entrance of the station along the service road and the highway.

“The plan for Peenya is to have 10 spans (space between two pillars). Each span will have a length of 22 to 25 mt and a width of 1.5 mt,” he said. The company will be allowed to put up six name boards, which will ensure it gets good visibility too, Rao said.

The name boards will be bilingual, with English on one side and Kannada on the other.

The concern which will be awarded the tender for a five-year period must have a garden specialist who will design a master plan and have well-trained gardeners to maintain the place.

“The concern which bags the contract will pay an annual sum of '2 lakh to the Metro,” he said.

On the availability of space, Rao said there was enough space, especially in Metro stations on the outskirts of the city. “After Peenya, Nagasandra and Jalahalli will follow suit and we hope to extend it to all Metro stations in the future,” the CPRO said.

Installation of fountains and benches are also on the cards. It is up to the firms concerned to beautify the place in any manner they want, he said.

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