Thursday, May 27, 2010

Corporators oppose BBMP’s parking project

Corporators oppose BBMP’s parking project
Bangalore, May 26, DHNS:

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) has once again run into a controversy. The Palike’s proposed multi-storey parking complexes in 10 different areas in City including in five playgrounds is likely to create a furore as several corportors have expressed stern opposition to the proposed project.

The five playgrounds where these complexes will come up include Akki Thimmanahalli ground in Langford Town, play ground in front of telephone exchange office in Jayanagar fifth block, Malleswaram play ground, Kantheerava stadium (opposite Mallya Hospital) and a play ground at Nettakallappa Circle. Interes tingly, the complexes will come up below these play grounds, said sources in the Palike.

Plans are also on anvil to have similar facility at Russel Market (south side), below Brigade Road, BBMP space near Garuda Mall, Gandhi Bazaar Market and Freedom Park. The palike has decided to implement the project as per the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa’s directives.

The CM had ordered to identify places and hand over the land to Bangalore Development Authority for the construction of the complexes. Hence, efforts are on to hand over the land to the BDA, added the sources.

The Palike is making efforts to get approval at its meeting to be held on May 28. The complexes will come up below playgrounds without affecting the grounds, justified a few Palike officers.

A tunnel will be constructed below Brigade Road for the purpose, they said. A proposal has been submitted after identifying the places. Action plan would be prepared if the proposal is approved, said BBMP (BSUP) Chief Engineer M C Prakash.

However, the proposed project has not gone well with several corporaters. They criticised the Palike’s intention saying the budget is yet to be presented, blue print for the project is not ready, standing committees are yet to be constituted and moreover no one knows the cost involved in the project, they added. They demanded a public debate on the issue.

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