CDPs are just Gazette orders, says official

Indian Express - Bangalore, 11 March, 2014
 
Coming up with a master plan is not enough for the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to meet the growing demands of the city, P N Sreenivasachary, Principal Secretary, Transport, said on Tuesday. He noted that every civic agency such as BESCOM, BMTC and BWSSB should have long term plans on how they plan to meet the demands of the city. He was speaking at a two-day workshop, Connect Karo, organised by EMBARQ India. 
 
Coming down heavily on previous comprehensive development plans (CDP), Sreenivasachari noted that, “CDPs are just gazette orders decorating government offices. They do not even indicate whether the land earmarked for a particular plan is required or will even benefit. He observed that mobility issues in the city were caused by numerous problems ranging from building bye-law violations, apathetic attitudes in local governing bodies, and so on. He also stressed on the need to bring in a structured policy to ensure that along with improving the scale and quality of public transport in the city, pricing and policy did not needlessly promote private vehicle use.
 
Loksatta party member and urban mobility expert, Ashwin Mahesh also noted that the master plan process was not based on how the previous CDPs fared or the effect it had. Bangalore’s advantage, he noted, was its active civil society.
 
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