The Karnataka government’s decision to allow commercial activity in residential areas through a draft notification has earned itself the ire of activists in Bengaluru.
To indicate their growing dissent against the new zoning regulations in town planning, some Bengaluru residents are planning to call their respective local MLAs and corporators to voice their opinion.
“Tonight, many volunteers are going to call our MLAs and corporators to ask if they are aware of these new zoning rules. We will ask them if they agree with them and also inform them about our displeasure,” Srinivas Alavilli, a member of Citizens for Bengaluru, an activist group told TNM.
“Normally zoning regulations are part of the city-wide zoning master plan. We oppose this and this attempt of commercialisation. The fundamental aspect is that it is pushed down to people. Normally when there is a plan, all the stakeholders are consulted,” he added.
In addition to calling the elected representatives, the citizens are also going to meet the Director of Town and Country Planning Department on Saturday, to object to the new common zoning regulations.
Not only citizens of Bengaluru, many citizen activists and residential welfare groups have opposed the new draft notification which was put in the public domain at the start of July.
Even a Change.org petition advocating the withdrawal of this draft notification has attracted the support of hundreds.
Many angry residents sent postcards to CM Siddaramaiah on Monday asking him to withdraw the new plan.
In a meeting held on July 22, more than 35 Resident Welfare Associations decided to join against the proposed commercialisation with the slogan— “Fight for What is Right”.