Stakeholders demand more time to study CDP-2031

MUDA draws flak for ignoring green zone against residential areas

Representatives of various organisations raised several objections related to draft (revised) Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP)-2031 prepared by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

A majority of them opined that the CDP was confusing and at least two more months were necessary to study the document and file objections.

At a public interaction organised by MUDA at Rani Bahadur Auditorium here on Thursday, representatives of Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP), Mysore Industries Association (MIA) and Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) raised doubts about CDP-2031.

ACICM convenor M Lakshmana urged MUDA to extend the period for objection by another two months. He said a meeting of stakeholders should also be organised at Srirangapatna and Nanjangud as both these areas too are included in CDP.

Observing discrepancies in the CDP, he said the present population of Bruhat Mysore should be considered as 16 lakh. But, the CDP has calculated it at 11 lakh. Mentioning that rule books of both Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and MUDA are different, he said unless the two civic bodies discuss various aspects, the CDP would fail to benefit the people. MGP representative Chandrashekar observed that MUDA has failed to give due importance to the Master Plan.

He said inter-city linkages and practical aspects haven’t been considered in the document. The Master Plan has overlooked heritage zone and has no mention of measures to reduce load on the Central Business District. Also, with an ageing population making the city its residence, he said the CDP should include measures to look after them.

Institution of Engineers president A S Sathish said despite being engineers, they were unable to understand the plan. While reiterating that more time should be provided to understand it, he said it was also necessary for a comprehensive study of the document.

MIA president P Vishwanath lamented that the CDP-2031 was available only in English and not in Kannada. He criticised the plan citing that there was no space earmarked for green zone. He urged the MUDA to identify green zones in order to preserve the lung space for the city.

CREDAI representatives mentioned the need for inter-department communication. CREDAI demanded that government bodies such as KIADB and MUDA need to relook at laws related to land acquisition.

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