BENGALURU: The state government on Monday informed the High Court that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has given consent to amend the zoning regulations as per an affidavit filed by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) before the High Court.
During the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation last week, the state government sought ten days time to amend the zoning regulations after admitting that the amendments were made in contrary to the affidavit filed by BDA.
In response to this, the government’s advocate on Monday informed the court that Siddaramaiah has given consent for amendment to zoning regulations of Bengaluru city and that a week’s time is needed to notify the amendments.
The division bench headed by Justice K L Manjunath adjourned the matter.
In the petition, Namma Bengaluru Foundation and others alleged that the BDA had amended the zoning regulations of the Revised Master Plan 2015 (Amendment) to help realtors.
However, BDA claimed that it had not committed any error and had sent the proposal for amendment as per its affidavit filed before the court.
It also said that government added some provisions in contrary to the affidavit so that there was no fault in the part of the urban development authority.
Thereafter, the government too admitted the mistakes done before issuing the notification on December 11, 2014 and agreed to rectify the errors.
Residential Schools for Labourers’ Kids
The High Court on Monday suggested the state government to establish special residential schools for the children of migrating labourers across the state.
Hearing a suo motu public interest litigation, a division bench headed by Justice K L Manjunath said residential schools would help children who are out of school because their parents migrate from one place to another for livelihood.
The court observed that the children should be given free education, besides food, clothes and shelter. Most of the children are from North Karnataka districts.
The court observed that out of school children cannot be given education unless the government establishes hostels or residential schools.
“Schools cannot be shifted from one place to another as and when the children migrate. In view of this, the government should provide food, clothes and shelter by establishing residential schools”, the bench, said.
Earlier, the government’s counsel informed the court that a total of 1,589 out of 17,055 children were brought back to school in the state. The number of children who had dropped out of school was 1,68,621 when the PIL was taken up for hearing in 2013 and it was brought down to 15,666.