Bengaluru desperately needs a proactive Metropolitan Planning Committee
Bengaluru, December 6: Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) and Citizens Action Forum (CAF) have sent a joint letter to all members of the Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC) reminding them of their role in the preparation of the Master Plan 2031 and the overall planning of the city.
The letter clearly highlights that it is imperative that the BMPC is involved in every stage of preparation of the Vision Document and Master Plan 2031 and must in fact lead the effort supported by Government agencies.
- Preparation of Master Plan 2031 is at an advanced stage and the contractor engaged for the same has already submitted the visioning document for consideration to the Bangalore Development Authority.
- The BMPC have not been involved in the finalization of the visioning document.
- Committee formed by BDA to review the document and the Master Plan 2031 does not comprise of a single member of the BMPC.
- Decisions regarding planning in the city, especially with regard to infrastructure and mobility projects that are not a part of the current Master Plan 2015, are also being implemented without any discussion within the BMPC
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, “Given the haphazard growth our city has witnessed in the last few years, what Bengaluru today needs is a proper statutory long-term plan. Matters relating to the planning of the city must to be placed before the BMPC, where members have to discuss the various projects transparently. Members of the BMPC have a fundamental duty and obligation towards the city, and thus have to act in support of the right and constitutional process of planning of Bengaluru.”
At the same Press Conference, Vijayan Memon, CommitteeMember, Citizen Action Form said, ‘’The continued neglect of their duties tothe Constitution and the electorate by our elected representatives is bothdepressing and baffling. One would expect them to take their responsibilitiesin the BPMC a lot more seriously since the future and sustainably of Bengalurudepends on it.’’
Ms. Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee, CIVIC said,‘’The State government is concentrating on spending more than Rs. 22,000 croreson high-end infrastructure such as elevated corridors for Bengaluru whileBengaluru, pandering to private vehicle owners, without letting the MPCtake these decisions. But Bengaluru is on the verge of becoming a dying city asits air, water and land are all getting polluted due to unsustainablepolicies. Disparities between the affluent of Bengaluru and its urbanpoor are growing inordinately. The MPC needs to set right thesepriorities and plan for a sustainable and inclusive Bengaluru to stop it fromdying.’’
About Namma Bengaluru Foundation: NBF is an organization working towards making Bengaluru a modelcity, with well-planned infrastructure, well laid out neighborhood communitymodels and people-driven governance measures. NBF aims to be the voice of thepeople; a voice that needs to be heard in order for Bengaluru to become a trulyGlobal City.
About Citizen Action Forum: CAF is an organization working to strengthen citizen action and civil societythroughout the city, especially in areas where participatory democracy andcitizens’ freedom are threatened.’’