: The State government on Tuesday told the Karnataka High Court that it requires at least six months to finalise the draft of the interim master plan prepared by the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) for four of its Local Planning Areas (LPA) situated around Bangalore city.

In his affidavit, Urban Development Department Principal Secretary P.N. Sreenivasachary said stated that the BMRDA submitted the draft plan of Nelamangala LPA on April 9, 2013, and draft plans of Magadi, Anekal, Kanakapura and Hoskote LPAs on April 10.

President’s Rule

The affidavit was submitted during the hearing of a petition, filed by V. Uma Maheshwar Reddy and others way back in 2009. The petitioners had sought a direction for accepting the master plan brought out in May 2008 during the President’s Rule while contending that it was brought out by following due process of law and not the interim plan that was approved by the subsequent BJP-government.

Final plan

Later the Government had assured that it would come out with final plan within two and still the final plans are not yet ready.

Modifications

Meanwhile, Mr. Srinivasachary told the court the government, under the provisions of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act 1961, can make modifications to the draft plans based on the suggestions of the Director, Town Planning.

Once this exercise is undertaken, it will return the draft plan to the BMRDA to invite objections and suggestions from the public for the making necessary changes to the draft plans.

All these exercise will take about six months to finalise the draft of the interim master plans, the affidavit stated.

Response

While taking the affidavit on record, the court decided to hear the petition after two weeks while asking the petitioners to file their response on the affidavit.

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