MCC opposes CDP prepared by MUDA in its present format


During a day-long meeting held at MCC’s Council Hall here on Wednesday, the councillors including Opposition leader Harinath and the council’s Chief Whip Ganesh Hosabettu opposed the CDP saying that the MUDA has not consulted any of the corporators while drafting the plan.

Harinath said the plan denies the poor and the middle class people the rights of constructing their own houses. He suggested that the Corporation can go to High Court against the implementation of the CDP.

Independent councillor Mariamma Thomas said the plan should make provisions for making alternative arrangements for those who may lose their sites as per the new CDP. She said though about 1,200 objections had been filed against the proposal of the new CDP, the planners did not consider them at all.

Senior corporator James D’Souza and former mayor Shashidhar Hegde too opposed the plan and urged for several modifications.

MUDA Commissioner P G Ramesh said public consultation had been done before drafting the plan.

He also said there would be no problems in conversion of agriculture land or building house in a farm land.

Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj suggested that the MCC could invite the Director of Town Planning and conduct a discussion with him to clear any doubts. He said it is a wrong notion that the people with small sites (with 3 to 5 cents of land) cannot build their own houses as per the new CDP.

Drawing the councillors’ attention on the new development of dividing land holdings into smaller sites and selling them, the DC said the corporation should take a firm decision to prevent this trend.

“This is not being done by the people with small sites but by the rich land developers,” he noted.

Mayor M Shanker Bhat, MLA N Yogish Bhat, Deputy Mayor Rajani Dugganna and Commissioner K N Vijayprakash were present on the occasion.

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