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Let us save parks and open spaces, in small towns of Karnataka & set an example for India
The Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was passed to reduce the area to be reserved for public parks and playgrounds in layouts from the present 15% of the total area to 10%. It also means reduction in the area to be reserved for civic amenities from the present 10% of the total area to 5%. This is not applicable to Bangalore yet, but to 250 small towns and villages of Karnataka. But if applied, this could become a precedent and later on be quietly applied to Bangalore as well. Small cities and towns do not have land shortage or sky high prices. In fact, they should be planned now to have even more open and public spaces so that in decades to come, they do not face what Bangalore does. (We are yet to get clarity on weather the bill will apply to Mysore, Hubli, Belgaum and other larger cities of the state.) In the last few decades we have already lost 66% of the city's green cover and 74% of its lakes to irresponsible development. The new KUDA (amendment) Bill when applied to Bangalore makes shrinking of public space opportunities and encroachments legal. This bill is only to help land sharks and irresponsible builders, with zero benefit to the city or its citizens. This regressive bill amendment needs to be reserved for the greater good of the entire state.