Residents of Indiranagar along with BJP MPs PC Mohan and Rajeev Chandrasekhar who are the elected representatives, met BDA Commissioner Rakesh Singh on Monday over the issue of redevelopment of the BDA Complex, a landmark building in the area.
The Commissioner gave assurances to the group that the matter will be considered and a response will be given later in the week.
Residents of the area along with the elected representatives had protested outside the building on Saturday, demanding that the building should not be demolished and if it is, then an environmental-friendly alternative should take its place.
The group reasoned that building a new shopping complex in its place, would result in 171 trees being axed, and would be in violation of National Green Tribunal (NGT) regulations regarding lake buffer zones. "This redevelopment violating the NGT buffer zone will kill the Rajakaluve. If an attempt is made to violate the tribunalâ€™s ruling, there will be consequences that the BDA and the state government will have to face," said MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Citizensâ€™ groups United Bengaluru and iChange Indiranagar, coordinated the protests on Saturday.
Reports indicated that the civic agency was planning to construct a two-block market at a cost of Rs. 657 crore which included the cost of relocation and rehabilitation of the existing tenants on the land where the BDA Complex stands.
However, resident groups have raised alarm stating that the proposed redevelopment site is 75 metres away from the periphery of Binnamangala Lake and is 50 metres away from the primary rajakaluve of the lake, which are also in violation of NGT rules.
Residents are also opposed to increased commercial activity and footfall in the area. They have held agitations against pubs in the area for excessive noise and disturbance. A separate protest was held on Saturday highlighting the issue.