Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday informed the Legislative Council that the final comprehensive development plan (CDP) for the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) would shortly be in place.

“The draft CDP came to the government and it was sent back seeking certain clarifications. Once the draft is approved, the same will be published to invite the public’s objections and the final plan should be in place very shortly,” he said responding to a question by BJP member Bhanuprakash.

Raising the question on behalf of Mr. Bhanuprakash during Question Hour, BJP’s Ganesh Karnik said the master plans so far being followed had only been interim and were often bent to suit individual requirements. There had been no public announcements regarding applications filed for change in land use, he said.

Capt. Karnik also pointed out that the CDP had become all the more relevant to curb the unchecked growth of Bangalore.

Joining Capt. Karnik, JD(S) Floor Leader M.C. Nanaiah said the plan should emulate Delhi by not allowing high-rises.

Kempe Gowda Layout

Replying to a question by Maritibbe Gowda (JD-S), Mr. Siddaramaiah said the government would direct the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to pay compensation to farmers losing land for the proposed Nada Prabhu Kempe Gowda Layout in lump sum.

Mr. Gowda said that because the BDA had been paying the compensation in instalments, farmers had been faced with severe problems. Even after eight years, the layout had not been formed and this had also affected those whose lands were acquired on 40:60 developed land-sharing basis.