AAP leader sees holes in BDA master plan

The people have elected corporators and legislators, but BDA has not involved these people's representatives, says AAP State Co-Convener.

Bengaluru: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday took a dig at the way the BDA was holding public consultation on Revised Master Plan (RMP) and alleged that it was a token gesture.

AAP State Co-Convener Shivakumar Chengalraya told reporters on Tuesday that BDA was preparing RMP for next 15 years of city’s development and is valid till 2031, but these preparation guidelines have lost their meaning as "no experts were consulted’.

“It is highly regrettable that though BDA is holding public consultations on this issue, the public does not have any information regarding these meetings. The people have elected corporators and legislators, but BDA has not involved these people’s representatives,” he said.

The corporators should have held consultations at ward level, legislators at assembly level and MPs at their constituency level, to find out what the public wanted and then shared these findings with BDA. Instead these preparatory meetings are being held for select people at the zone level, he lamented.

“In this plan BDA has published figures for BWSSB that are impractical and exaggerated. It has to bring in 20 TMC of water, 10 TMC from Linganamakki reservoir and 10 TMC from Yettinahole project, which is an irresponsible statement. BDA should have thought of increased water consumption in the central part of the city and tried to decongest the city. The Government is claiming it would double the city area, but AAP wants to know from where the grants and drinking water would come from,” he said. “Bengaluru has grown out of control and it needs to be developed to help the aspirations of future generations and the Government also needs to develop other cities, not just Bengaluru. If the communication facility to nearby towns such as Tumakuru, Ramanagar and Kolar, which already have a rail connectivity, is improved the load of development on Bengaluru will automatically come down and lead to the development of other towns too,” he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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