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Stop commercialisation of residential areas for a better Bengaluru

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An initiative of Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Bengaluru Residents’ Associations’ Confederation Ensemble (BRACE) is a registered society comprising of Resident Welfare Associations from across the city. We are committed to supporting residents who are currently suffering from and fighting with the negative fallout of rampant, unheeded, unbridled commercialisation of legally designated residential zones. The fallout of this irresponsible growth with little regard for any form of Town Planning and Governance is witnessed most acutely in residential areas of the city. Civic woes in the form of excessive traffic, noise pollution, and an overall reduction in the quality of life abound.

This is a violation of not only the zoning regulations and the master plan 2015, but also a total violation of the HC judgement regarding the same, that “there shall be no commercial activity allowed in residential main and residential mixed zones if abutting roads are forty (40) feet or less in width". Further, large scale conversions and illegal usage of land use violate the Right to Life enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India, inter alia, by causing pollution, threat to ecology and environment, stress and public inconvenience and lack of peace and comfort.

Pleas and petitions on crumbling civic infrastructure, failing law and order and gross maladministration have fallen on deaf ears. This was collectively raised by BRACE with the BBMP Commissioner who finally had public notices issued decreeing closure of commercial establishments in residential areas whose road width do not exceed 40 feet.

However, the responsible corporation officials across the city have failed to execute on this order after nearly 6 weeks.  Some notices have been sent to certain commercial establishments but not to all. Deliberate attempts have been made to cause confusion through misinterpretation of the zoning laws, both by officials as well as politicians who probably have selfish interests in ensuring commercial activities continue in residential areas. Attempts will be made to politicize this issue by making it an emotional one, so that the fundamental point regarding rule of the law is obfuscated.

This petition is on behalf of all citizens who passionately wish to protect their environment, to ensure safety and enhanced quality of life for their families and loved ones.  We want to urge our political leaders and the government officials to do their jobs and enforce the law, execute the orders of the BBMP Commissioner and the High Court orders on zoning regulations.  We want to hold the commissioner and his officials accountable and responsible for this, and ensure penal action is taken against those indulging in dereliction of their duties towards this initiative.

Comprehensive city development plan is a must and this calls for every responsible citizen to come forward in a united approach to work towards protecting our city. #UnitedBengaluru

Our appeal: Please be part of the citizens’ initiative to save this wonderful city from dying, and support the holistic vision of development that they have for this city, which we owe the younger generation.

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