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Expressing views: Mayor Purushottam chairing the Mysore City Corporation council meeting in Mysore on Thursday.
Expressing views: Mayor Purushottam chairing the Mysore City Corporation council meeting in Mysore on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

The number of parks to be developed in MCC limits has gone up to 526

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation’s (MCC) proposal to develop parks on the public-private participation (PPP) model drew opposition from most of the corporators here on Thursday.

However, they did not oppose the involvement of individuals or private agencies in the development and maintenance of parks and sought clarification on the provisions made in the proposal before the council’s approval.

Of the 218 parks, the corporation has developed only 134. With 442 more parks in the layouts developed by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) to come under the corporation’s limits, the number of parks to be developed has gone up to 526.

Four persons, including two corporators, and an organisation have come forward to develop parks on the PPP model following an invitation from the corporation which held a meeting here on June 1, 2009, and sought the participation of individuals and private bodies in developing parks.

Accordingly, the matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the corporation’s council on Thursday. However, Mayor Purushottam, who chaired the meeting, deferred a decision on the matter and said that a committee comprising experts would be set up following corporators’ demand.

When the matter came up for discussion, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the council Nagendra opposed giving grants to individuals or private agencies either from the corporation or through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission (JNNURM) for the development of parks.

Mr. Nagendra sought to know the status of parks developed and maintained by individuals or private organisations and took a dig at the officials for not inspecting them. “Let individuals or organisations adopt the parks on the lines of animal adoption scheme of the Mysore zoo by paying the required sum and the corporation would develop and maintain them. Otherwise, a separate meeting should be convened for a detailed debate on the matter,” he said. While endorsing Mr. Nagendra’s views, corporator Cheluve Gowda of the Janata Dal (S), who opposed privatisation of parks, suggested formation of a committee comprising elected representatives and experts to chalk-out plans for the development and maintenance of parks.

After the debate, the Mayor said that a committee would be constituted and its opinion placed before the council for a decision. Therefore, the decision on the matter had been deferred, he said.

He also deferred a decision on auctioning of stalls in MCC-owned commercial complexes following a demand from some corporators.

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