Bengaluru (Metro Rail News): Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) published a draft Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy a month ago for the city and invited comments from the public. Barely 32 people gave their suggestions and comments on the policy till Friday.
On May 8 BMRCL had uploaded the Draft TOD policy with a 30-day time for people to respond. The draft policy has not reached many citizens, the number of response received by the BMRCL indicates. The draft envisages an integrated commuting network in the city by developing neighbourhoods to have better access to mass-transit points, be it metro, bus or suburban rail.
The Draft TOD allowing higher built-up density in TOD zones, such as increasing the floor space index up to level 5 for residential and commercial buildings and higher FSI for transit stations as well.
BMRCL has yet to take the decision on whether it will extend the deadline for public participation in the backdrop of the poor response the draft policy generated.
Transport Expert Ashish Verma said that BMRCL has taken proactive steps. The proposals made in the draft policy sound good and need of the hour. If BMRCL extends the date, it will invite more public participation. BMRCL should also use various other platforms to reach out to more people.
BMRCL’s draft policy also talks about incorporating TOD policy in the draft Revised Master Plan 2031. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has submitted the draft Master Plan 2031 to the State government for approval. The draft plan had received over 13,000 suggestions/objections from the public.