Some 1,500 Bangaloreans, who gathered on March 23 to protest mega projects coming up in the Bellandur Lake catchment area at Agara, had a strong statement to make: Any project, be it government or private, shouldn’t move ahead without consulting residents of the neighbourhood. Further, the government needs to adopt a sustainable model in the city’s development.
BANGALORE: During the protest, citizens raised questions about the reckless manner in which government departments cleared projects taken up by private realty developers despite glaring environmental problems.
Two massive mixed-use development projects are coming up on almost 100 acres of wetlands leading to Bellandur lake. Both projects got single-window clearances from the Karnataka Udyog Mitra. But documents with citizens show the construction area was vastly understated by the developers while obtaining permission. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) acquired the land and allotted it to real estate promoters.
Residents of Koramangala, HSR Layout and Bellandur demanded cancellation of the KIADB permits given to the projects and withdrawal of BWSSB’s no-objection certificates (NoCs) given to the parties.