Govt returns to Guv, bill for reduction of open spaces in layout

Even after receiving a lot of criticism for reducing the mandatory open space reserved for parks and playgrounds from 15 per cent to 10 per cent in the upcoming layouts, the state government has re-sent the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (amendment) bill, 2016 for the governor’s approval.

The governor had returned the bill citing loopholes. However, instead of making any modifications in it, the government has stuck to its original decision. After a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, law minister T B Jayachandra said that decision has been taken in the interest of the general public. “We are not against the environment. The decision would help the general public to get sites in the layout formed by development authorities at affordable rate.”

It may be recalled after public outrage, governor Vajubhai Vala had returned the bill. There were accusations that to protect the interest of private builders, the government overlooked environmental implications and favoured private realtors. Some of the section even termed it as ‘real estate bill’.

In another decision, the government proposed to construct the 200 MW Shivansamudra hydroelectric power project in the Cauvery basin. The state government has also given its green signal for recruiting retired doctors till they attain 65 years of age citing that there is an acute shortage of doctors in health and family welfare.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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