Officials say it is progress as a new hospital will come up here, but there are concerns about the potential loss of a central lung space. There are plans for a multi-storey building in the three acres space on Queens Road.
There is an ongoing campaign to deal with the existing state of affairs. Priya Chetty Rajgopal, a concerned resident and animal lover, told NDTV, "As concerned citizens of this dynamic city, we worry about the large, charming heritage lung-space of Bengaluru which is sadly crumbling. The veterinary hospital had to be demolished. All the British-style tiles have been taken away. This building was surrounded by about 92 trees."
Currently, the space is also home to NGO Sarvodaya, one of the important places for street dog sterilisation or the Animal Birth Control programme. This is funded by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, but the NGO has been told that they will have to move out, temporarily at least.
The government officials say that a new animal hospital will come up in the same place in a year's time and that treatment of animals will not stop during construction. But a lack of clarity in the plans is proving to be a stress factor and activists have filed many RTIs in this regard.