BDA vision not inclusive: Activists

BENGALURU: All is not well with the upcoming revised master plan for Bengaluru. As a run up to the much awaited RMP 2035, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has recently prepared a visioning document. A group of citizen activists from Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) and Citizens Action Forum (CAF) on Tuesday said the document is not at all inclusive simply because no member of Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC) has been involved in the process.

Citizen activists alleged that a private agency and few officials of BDA are behind the document. Decisions regarding planning in the city, especially with regard to infrastructure and mobility projects that are not a part of the current Master Plan 2015, are also being implemented without any discussion within the BMPC, they said. In this regard, citizen activists have also written letters to members of BMPC, including chief minister Siddaramaiah and other public representatives, questioning their silence over the same.

Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, “Given the haphazard growth our city has witnessed in the last few years, what Bengaluru today needs is a proper statutory long-term plan. Matters relating to the planning of the city must to be placed before the BMPC, where members have to discuss the various projects transparently. The vision document prepared now has inputs from members of the private agency to which the Planning is outsource and few officials of BDA,” he added.

Credits ET Realty

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