The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) received only 12,569 responses from Bengalureans pertaining to the provisional master plan-2031.
The BDA had called for applications on November 25, 2017. Up till December, BDA received only 3,000 responses. The responses started to increase as the deadline came close. On the last day (Tuesday) BDA received 4,500 responses.
The BDA Town Planner, Thippeswamy N K, said
that these included the hand-delivered responses and e-mails. Those sending their responses by e-mail have time until midnight. Thus BDA is hoping that the number will increase.
Until Monday (January 22), the BDA had received 8,069 responses of which 3,062 were filed on Monday alone.
Thippeswamy said that the number of responses was fewer than expected. During the 2015 master plan, the BDA had received 9,000 responses. Despite the rise in population and greater awareness, the responses this time have been only marginally higher.
Looking at the rush at the BDA counters, officials had expected the numbers to be high. A majority of them had only come to gather details of the master plan, said a BDA official from Banashankari BDA office where the master plan was displayed.
Not everyone affected
However, the Bengaluru Development Minister, K J George said that the responses should not be compared to the citys population. The master plan does not affect everybody and only those who are affected or who seek clarification have responded. People should not conclude that BDA has not informed citizens or that many were unaware and the time given was less, he said.
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