B.PAC fumes over passing of urban bill, says it will cut space for parks

B.PAC fumes over passing of  urban bill, says it will cut space for parks

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2016-07-20 13:24 Bengaluru: BPAC (Bangalore Politcal Action Committee) has strongly criticised the Karnataka Legislature passing of the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2016, without any discussion.According to the committee, the Bill would further shrink the space allocated for public parks and playgrounds and the space afforded to civic amenities.“Section 16 of the existing Karnataka Urban Development Authorities Act, 1987 mandates the reservation of 15�nd 10�f the total space of new layout for public parks and civic amenities, respectively. The amendment bill seeks to bring these space reservations down to 10�or public parks and playgrounds and 5�or civic amenities,” said B.PAC.Urging Bengalureans to raise their voice against the bill, presently with the governor awaiting his assent, B.PAC said the legislation “should instead suggest measures for better protection of the existing public parks and civic amenity spaces from illegal encroachments”.“The issue of public playgrounds needs to be considered separately as its main users are children, who are not participating stakeholders. Accordingly, special care must be taken to protect their interests, which in this case, is to maintain the existing playgrounds or even introduce new ones,” said the committee.