Developers in the city unhappy with new CDP

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The new CDP (Comprehensive Development Plan) proposed for the development of Bengaluru has put the developers in distress due to changes in the zoning.

People in areas, such as Bannerghatta, Sarjapur, Yelahanka etc are facing issues as many changes have been made in their zoning. Builders and developers say that they are very unhappy with the proposed plan. “It is getting difficult to make business as we don’t know whether it is legal or not for the developer to develop the land as a few green belts are getting converted into yellow belts. Our payments and business are getting delayed very badly.” Harish VS, Real Estate Consultant said.

Rajesh s, Liaison officer said “In the current land we are developing in Yelahanka, there is no Nala existence or a water body. But when we look at the new CDP it says there is a Nala and it is marked as a buffer zone. Around 90 percent of our land is marked as a buffer zone, but practically there is no Nala existence at all.”

Officials say that nearly 31,000 objections have been filed against the new revised Master Plan. “People have to wait until it is implemented. We don’t know when it will be, might be in a month or a year. We are waiting for the court to send a notification and the board’s final approval.” Nanjedowda, Town Planning Officer, BDA said.

“I think the thinking has to be local; they need to have a global approach to fit in the local geography. That to me would have summarized better planning. There is a dearth of planning which is my biggest concern.” Nagraj Shastry Urban Planner said.

Key Highlights of the New CDP:

  • Zone – A, B and C have been introduced with no commercialization in Zone A and B if the width of the road is less than 12.5 m as according to the Common Zonal Regulations.
  • The zoning regulations allow for small-scale industries on roads of width 9.5 m to 12.5 m.
  • The agricultural area will shoot up from existing 300 sq km to 322.6 sq km (an increase of 7.5%).
  •  Forest land will decrease from 27.53 sq km to 5.7 sq km (sharp decline of around 80%).
  • Provision of 10% mandatory greening for every 2,000 sq km area.
  • Focus on more public transport targeting to carry 70% of trips to the city from the present 50%
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