BDA's revised master plan 2031 set to get govt approval

Last Updated 18 January 2019, 19:28 IST

Fed up with the increasing delays and unplanned development across the city, the government has decided to give a green signal to the long-pending revised master plan 2031.

It has also decided to drop the proposal to place the plan again before the people for a final opinion and wants to clear at the earliest what the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had presented.

The government arrived at the decision as it did not receive any inputs from the specially constituted inspection committee to oversee the master plan.

Sources in the government told DH that the government has decided to clear the master plan tabled by the BDA, which has been finalised after incorporating all 14,000 suggestions made by the people.

The BDA had received over 14,000 suggestions when the draft was placed before people for opinions and following this, it had revised the draft master plan. This proposal is pending before the government for the past year.

To oversee the minute details of the master plan, in 2017, the government had formed a three-member committee, which comprised retired and serving IAS officers. Apart from giving suggestions on improving the plan, the job of the committee was to oversee the progress the BDA had made in addressing issues of people.

The committee, however, met only once on January 31, 2018. The sources in the government said since the committee made no headways, it was decided not to delay the master plan.

A senior BDA official said: “The government has decided to take the master plan ahead from where it was left, without any delay. The decision was taken at the last meeting held with the chief minister and the deputy chief minister. This is a good move as the pressure on the BDA from lobbyists to make changes is only increasing .”

According to the master plan process, the BDA had given 60 days time to people to respond to the master plan, the official explained. The second public hearing was only an addition.

(Published 18 January 2019, 19:25 IST)

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