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No Entry for Poor and Common People to Cubbon Park and Lalbagh
(Entry restricted to ID card holding elites only)


(download flyer - MS Word, 79 KB)

The Government of Karnataka plans to make ID cards mandatory to enter Cubbon Park and Lalbagh, and that at a cost of Rs 200/person. This is the beginning of the state’s encroachment of people’s right to freely access public spaces. All sorts of reasons are being flung at the public, including security concerns, morality and misuse of parks by "unnecessary elements."

The manner in which the policy is formulated encourages the particular exclusion of access rights of the urban poor (especially from minorities), street and working children, elderly people, transgenders , migrant workers, labourers, street vendors, drivers of autorickshaws and taxis, differently abled, families with children, etc. The idea of having to carry an ID merely to access these two parks, fundamentally distances them from their unfettered and constitutionally protected Right to Use Public Spaces. This policy also promotes discriminatory access to public spaces as it privileges 'regular walkers' and thus negates the very concept of parks as public commons. Simply stated this draconian policy encroaches our very fundamental Right to Live a Healthy Life based on dignified and unfettered access to public spaces.

Join the Protest against this fundamental encroachment of Our Right to Access all Public Commons


Bal Bhavan entrance, Cubbon park, Monday, 30th November, 4.00 pm

Protest initiated by Environment Support Group, CIEDS, Vimochana, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti - (Bangalore Dist.), Sanmathi, Alternative Law Forum and Sangama

For more details contact: Environment Support Group, 1572, Outer Ring Road, Banshankari 2nd stage, Bangalore-560070 Tel:-91-80-26713559-60 Email: esg@esgindia.org, bhargavi@esgindia.org Website: www.esgindia.org

ESG is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes the cause of environmental and social justice through research, documentation, advocacy, training and campaign support. We aim to support the rights of local communities and voiceless ecosystems in a responsible, progressive manner that keeps contextual complexities in mind.

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