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City kids unhappy with master plan

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Jan 24 2018, 1:10 IST

City's children are voicing out their opinions and proving that they are not a group that can be taken for a ride. They are raising their voice and making sure that their opinions are taken into consideration in the city building process.

The Bangalore Children's Forum (Bangalore Makkala Vedike) has expressed dissatisfaction with the draft of the Revised Master Plan 2031 which has been taken up without taking children into consideration.

Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Lakshmi a 12-year-old from a city slum said, "The master plan has not made any effort to understand our needs," she said.

From schools to playgrounds, the children stressed on their all-round development "Government is shutting down government schools. It is difficult for us to enrol in a private school. Therefore, improving the quality of education of government schools and opening more schools will benefit many poor children." Lakshmi added.

Yangamma, a student of Laggare, said, "Cultural centres, stadiums and libraries must be built in every ward to identify the potential of children. Primary health centres should also be opened."

Children from various parts of Bengaluru raised their voice to include certain aspects such as playgrounds for children in the master plan which the current one does not mention.

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