In an open letter to the Chief Minister, Executive Trustee of CIVIC Kathyayini Chamaraj points out why the planning process being followed for the city goes grossly against the 74th Constitutional Amendment and what needs to be corrected for the exercise to have an impact.
Alright, you are the mayor of Bangalore, i.e. the official head of city government. Yet, you cannot get into the city’s new metropolitan planning committee, but your fellow councillors can! That’s the state government’s slap in the face for you!
The state government is finally setting up a Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) for Bangalore, that too, only after a High Court directive! But a deep dive into the MPC set up exposes its unconstitutional spirit.
MPC sounds like Maths-Physics-Chemistry to most of us! But it is actually the long-pending Metropolitan Planning Committee that has to plan Bengaluru. Your daily life might change in the long-term because of this. And Akrama Sakrama regularisation might finally see the light of the day!
Increased floor space index without taking into account the infrastructural constraints in the form of adequate roads, water, electricity and civic services will sound a death knell to the city, say the citizens.