Bengaluru: After submitting a letter against the proposed zonal regulation by the United Bengaluru to the Town and Country Planning on Friday, the Citizen for Bengaluru (CfB) upped the ante against the new regulation on Saturday. With only a few days left for the deadline to submit responses from citizens to end, the Directorate, Town and Country Planning (DTCP) department is flooded with over 10,000 objections filed by various Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and volunteers.
Over 100 citizens queued up before DTCP to submit their objections to the proposed regulations, while thousands of objection letters were filed by representatives of several Resident Welfare Associations and volunteers.
DTCP Deputy Director Shantala S. has said that every single objection letter will be read and considered. After all the objections are processed, public consultations will be held at various locations.
Ms Tara Krishnaswamy, coordinator, CFB, said, “The heat at MS Building was palpable as angry citizens objected to the CZR. It is clear that Bengalueans do not want this proposed zoning and are also clear that the government is completely out of touch with the people's sentiments in proposing a destructive zoning regulation as this." Approximately 1,500 objections have been sent from Indiranagar 1st Stage, 2nd Stage, HAL 2nd Stage, Defence Colony and HAL. Ms Sneha Nandihal, an Indiranagar resident, who played a key role in bringing different civic groups together in a campaign against CZR, said, “We are unable to understand the motivation behind these new rules. It completely invalidates all the work being done for the Bengaluru master plan and is in violation of high court orders.”
While Richmond and Langford Town CWA submitted 560 objections, more than a thousand objections were sent from Koramangala along with hundreds of signatures from Hennur, RBI Layout, Banashankari, Cox Town, Kumara Park, Shastri Layout and Vijayanagara.
Believing in the steely resolve of the citizens over several issues that has forced the government to listen to them, Mr Srinivas Alavilli, coordinator, CfB, said, “Over 12 city MLAs agree with our objections and we hope they represent us in the power corridors. Lack of planning is the main culprit behind the urban mess we are in. These new zoning proposals only make things much worse."
On Friday, United Bengaluru submitted objection letters with over 1,000 signatures from 337 RWAs to the department....