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Bengaluru: Don’t tinker with zoning laws

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 28, 2017, 5:32 am IST
Updated Jul 28, 2017, 5:32 am IST
Citizen groups feel it will lead to unbridled commercialisation of residential areas.
Citizens across the city will be filing individual applications expressing their objection to the new rule.
 Citizens across the city will be filing individual applications expressing their objection to the new rule.

Bengaluru: 'Hosa Zoning Beda', 'Namma Ooru Maara bedi' are the new buzz words among citizens. Citizens who are up in arms against the draft Common Zoning Regulation have already begun the battle against this new draft.

Citizens for Bengaluru has already kick started the campaign of ‘Call your MLA’. On Thursday night hundreds of citizens will call their MLAs and convey them that this new zoning regulation is not in the interest of the masses. They will be requesting the MLAs to do their bit to get this draft taken back.

 

In their next step they are heading to the Office of the Director of Town and Country Planning at M.S. Building to file their objections in person. Citizens across the city will be filing individual applications expressing their objection to the new rule.

Sharing more information relating to the campaign, Mr Srinivas Alavilli, coordinator of Citizens for Bengaluru said, "We are objecting the new zonal regulations as it opens doors to regularise illegal constructions and allow commercial entities even in narrow streets that are primarily residential."

 

We support mixed development and stand for rights of street vendors and small business, Alavilli said and added that a comprehensive plan for the city, including mobility and land use with citizen participation.

He stressed that citizens do not want random guidelines from State Government for cities without local consideration. Suresh N.R., convener of United Bengaluru said, "The new draft if becomes a reality will make every street and area as Commercial Streets and Shivajinagar."

Mentioning that the safety and security of residential areas will be at stake due to this draft, Suresh said "We will officially present a letter to the Office of the Director of Town and Country Planning. If we are not receiving any positive reply, we do not mind to drag the issue to courts."

 

Many rules are in paper alone. Rules say that every commercial complex should have their cellar reserved for vehicle. But how many buildings have followed this rules? Consumers are forced to park their vehicles on road and head to the these complexes creating chaos, he explained and added that this draft will facilitate rampant commercialization in residential roads and worsen the already exploited city. 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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