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Councillors oppose amendments to Master Plan 2

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The changes will only benefit builders, they say

Mayor Praveen Kumar and Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner K.N. Vijayaprakash at the corporation council meeting in Mangalore on Saturday.
Mayor Praveen Kumar and Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner K.N. Vijayaprakash at the corporation council meeting in Mangalore on Saturday.

Councillors on Saturday opposed amendments to the Master Plan 2 for the Mangalore Local Planning Area, which they alleged had devalued the certificates of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and feared the changes would benefit builders than those who had parted with their property.

TDR certificates are issued as compensation to those parting with property for a government project commensurate with the measurement of the land sacrificed. The certificates can be sold at a price to anybody who wants to construct bigger buildings than otherwise allowed by law. Alternatively certificate holders could build bigger buildings using the certificates.

This issue figured prominently at a meeting of the Mangalore City Corporation Council here.

Raising the issue, Shashidar Hegde referred to a clause in the revised zonal regulations that removes the need for a builder to compulsorily purchase TDR when he seeks permission to far bigger building than allowed by law. The floor area ration (FAR) norms impose restriction on the height and size of the buildings depending on the measurements of the sites.

Mr. Hegde said realtors taking up high-rise buildings had to opt for premium FAR by paying a fixed amount to the government and buying TDRs for half the site's measurement.

The amendment had taken away the need for purchase of TDRs in such cases. This would take away the value of the TDR certificates held by people as the demand for them would come down. Nobody would come forward to give up their land for development in future, he said. This amendment would only help the builders, he added.

Town Planning Committee member of the Mangalore Urban Development Authority Harsha B.K. said the State government approved the revised zonal regulations on May 11 and they were being enforced from May 20.

Naveen D'Souza said such an amendment would hurt those who had obtained TDRs by giving their portion of property in places such as Valencia, Mangaladevi temple area and Car Street.

Sudhir Shetty asked Commissioner K.N. Vijayaprakash to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of corporation officials involvement in trading of TDRs.

He asked Mr. Vijayaprakash to set up a separate cell in the town planning section that dealt with TDRs.

Mayor Praveen said a meeting of the councillors would be held on Tuesday to discuss issues related to TDRs.

Mr. Vijayaprakash said a separate TDR cell would be shortly opened.

A special meeting of councillors would be convened to take their suggestions on road-widening in different areas.

Mr. Praveen said a meeting would be held on June 2 with street vendors to discuss the problems owing to the drive to evict them.

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