Opposing the new common zoning regulations, thousands of Bengaluru residents and residential welfare associations submitted their petitions at the Directorate, Town and Country Planning Department on Saturday. The new zoning regulations allows the setting up of businesses on roads wider than 29.5 feet.
The Times of India reported that 3000 of those letters were submitted within two hours, taking the tally to 10,000 such objections filed in total against the new zoning rules. The mass petition filing was organised by CItizens for Bengaluru.
According to The Hindu, close to 1500 such petitions were submitted by residents of Indira Nagar, HAL Layout and Defence Colony alone. RWAs of Richmond Town and Langford Town also submitted another 560 such objections. Another thousand petitions were filed by residents of Koramangala.
â€śToday, RWAs and citizens of Indiranagar and Koramangala, and several other areas have filed objections in a large number,â€ť Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO of Namma Bengaluru Foundation told The Hindu.
"The officials have decided to go through each letter and hold public consultations in various areas," Srinivas Allavilli, founding member of CfB told TOI.
Prior to this, members of CfB had called their respective local MLAs and corporators to voice their opposition to the commercialisation of residential areas.
The decision to allow commercial activity in residential areas through a draft notification by the Urban Development department was opposed by the activists as such notifications are to be done by the local government (the BBMP) and not the state government as per the 74th constitutional amendment.
Earlier a Change.org petition advocating the withdrawal of this draft notification had attracted the support of hundreds.
Many angry residents had also 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 sloganâ€” â€śFight for What is Rightâ€ť.