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Commercial zoning opposed in the city

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BENGALURU: Residents have started an online petition to stop converting of residential areas into commercial zones, to bring the issue to notice of the concerned authorities.

A constant conflict is battled between the Residents and Commercial Establishments set up within the city for over 10 years.

Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) along with Bengaluru Residents’ Association Confederation Ensemble provides support to residents all over the city through their online petition at change.org. The initiative has proved effective with 1408 citizens turning active participants within a short period.

Namma Bengaluru started to discuss the problems caused by setting up commercial organizations in residential areas over a year ago by meeting various officers, co-operators, and political leaders to help them understand this on-going issue.

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Residents fight against commercialization in their areas         GOOGLE

The NBF put forth this issue to Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) , who passed the Revised Master Plan, 2015. The commissioner of BBMP further issued a notice last December to put a stop to the problem caused by commercial zoning.

“Residential neighbourhoods are where people have their homes and when they have their homes then the amount of commercialization should be regulated,” said Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO of Namma Bengaluru Foundation.

Setting up commercial zone in private residential spaces causes several problems including an increase in air pollution, garbage disposal, safety threats to women and children, blocking of roads due to increasing in traffic and traffic jams which cause stress and harm to the residents of that area.

“We have made a little progress after fighting hard but we still have a long way to go,” said Pabbisetty.

There are 21 Residential Welfare societies associated with NBF at present. Most of the participants are within the contacts of NBF and the RWS.

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