Mangalore, Nov 27: The Congress members of the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) said that they will get a stay order from the State High Court against the revised master plan for Mangalore. This plan, which was drawn up by Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), received the approval of the state government on September 10.
Harinath, the leader of the opposition, said that the master plan was not people friendly. If this plan is followed, people will be forced to purchase and live in apartments only. This master plan favored only the big builders and not the small site owners.
Mr. Harinath also alleged that the MUDA had submitted the master plan to the state government without first consulting the City Corporation Council. He informed press people that the revised plan gave no space for educational institutions and nursing homes in residential zones, while the older plan permitted it.
The revised plan also reduced the space allotted for offices and shops in residential zones to a mere 20 sq m from 50 sq m., did not permit basement parking lots in sites less than 250 sq m, and permitted no weather shade or cornice roof on building terraces. These changes will not be favorable to the citizens of the city considering the fact that Mangalore is a coastal town with heavy rainfall and has an undulating landscape, said Mr. Harinath.
Members of the council Appi, D K Ashok Kumar, K Ashraf, and M Shashidhar Hegde were also present.