Buffer zones: Govt to explore options for easing norms

Buffer zones: Govt to explore options for easing norms

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said on Friday that the state government would explore legal options of getting some relaxation from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on buffer zones around lakes in Bengaluru.

NGT’s directions stipulate 75 metres as a buffer zone around lakes and rajakaluve in Bengaluru, where no construction activity will be allowed. The Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act stipulates a buffer zone of 30 metres.

Speaking to reporters after meeting a delegation from CREDAI, an apex body of private real estate developers, Parameshwara said no such restriction had been put in place for any other city except Bengaluru.

The order in its present form was practically impossible to implement. Houses had already come up in buffer zones. Nearly 50% of properties in Bengaluru will have to be demolished if the NGT order is implemented.

The government would explore various options after consulting legal experts, Parameshwara, who also holds the Bengaluru development portfolio, said.