Nation Current Affairs 21 Jul 2016 Guest column: Clear ...

Guest column: Clear danger of vested interests taking over city

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Published Jul 21, 2016, 2:24 am IST
Updated Jul 21, 2016, 2:24 am IST
The development of the city has for long been influenced by the commercial interests of builders and contractors.
The ground opposite Bethany High School in Koramangala (Photo: DC)
 The ground opposite Bethany High School in Koramangala (Photo: DC)

The unholy haste with which the Siddaramaiah government has pushed the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (KUDA) (Amendment) Bill 2016 is further proof  of its skewed priorities and its callous disregard of its responsibility to the people.

That this government has  repeatedly demonstrated its soft corner for builders and contractors is well known. But this Bill represents a clear and imminent threat to Bengaluru. The city, which is  not presently covered by KUDA, could be brought under it once similar amendments are made to the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, the Bangalore Development Authority Act, 1976 and the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority Act. Such a step will be a fast track route to making Bengaluru ‘unlivable.’

 

I have repeatedly warned about the threat the city and its public assets are facing - of being handed over to builders and contractors. The development of the city has for long been influenced by the commercial interests of builders and contractors, who seem to have taken over its planning. There is an urgent need to put an end to the nexus between contractors and officials acting against public interest.

Citizens must unite in this fight to save Bengaluru. I support the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, all resident welfare associations and citizen groups in their fight to resist this takeover of the city by unscrupulous builders and contractors. The Chief Minister must withdraw this poorly thought out and
anti-citizen law.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar is Member of Parliament.

 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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