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Bengaluru: Jan 05, 2017

The growth of Bengaluru could shift to its outskirts if the government decides to implement the strategy of optimal growth.In its preliminary presentation on the revised master plan 2031, the Bangalore Deve lopment Authority has indicated that banning all commercial developments in the heart of the city and moving employment zones to the outskirts is the best way to go about the city’s growth. The authority will do away with green belts and agriculture zones to look at a more sustainable model of retaining green cover. The details have been put up on the BDA portal for public opinion. Proposing 13 employment nodes on the city’s outskirts and development of the fringes, the optimal plan seeks to have a differential strategy of transportation to these employment zones and create a network of lakes and stream buffer zones, with suitable hie rarchy of regional parks.

Putting up three models before the public and seeking their comments and suggestions, the BDA has said the first two options -containment of development and corridor-driven development -may not be feasible. The BDA has justified that the containment policy would mean sealing the population accommodation in the city and losing the economic vitality of Bengaluru to satellite cities and towns. It would also mean that the city could only accommodate a population of 1.54 crore. Listing the demerits of corridor-driven development, the authority cited that a higher population may not be sustainable, besides the increased traffic congestion and highly insufficient water supply for the population by 2031, estimated to be 2.47 crore.

On its plans on agriculture zones and green belts, the BDA has said it will create a network of lakes and parks in and around the employment nodes to sustain green cover. “We will try to create more Cubbon Parks and Lalbaghs rather than retain agriculture zones which will anyways be lost to the exponential development in Bengaluru,“ said Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary , urban development department.

The bigger concern for the BDA, however, will be to provide potable water irrespective of the growth model chosen. For transportation, the authority has recommended 211km of Metro, 63km of monorail or LRT and 227km of bus rapid transport system.

Courtesy by: The Times of India

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