Bengaluru: With over 74 lakh vehicles in the city, the traffic congestion has reached such an extent where sacrificing green areas for flyovers and bridges is the only option left with the government.
The country head of the Greenpeace India, Kshitij Urs, has announced that a green corridor project is being evolved and this should become an integral part of city’s planning. The corridor would be meant for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We are proposing that for every city should have a green corridor. There has to be continuity between open spaces in the city. Parks and reserves are looked with a view point that their management should be with municipal corporations. The governance of open spaces on providing ownership is not happening,” Urs added.
Experts pointed out that in the Revised Master Plan (RMP) there is hardly any scope for environment, since it basically deals with land use patterns.
Urs explained that between Race Course near Majestic and Parade grounds to Ulsoor could form a linear. “Golf courses and race courses need to be opened up. At present we have infrastructure like underpass etc for motor vehicles, but not for the pedestrians,” he added.
On the issue of ownership, he said the government can be a trustee, but golf course and race course have been privatized and the parade ground is still under the control of the army.
“Urban transport is for the people’s ability to walk as well and not only for the movement of motor vehicles. The city’s spaces should be opened up and not privatized,” Urs pointed out....