The Bangalore-CDP FUQ

How about I do a set of Frequently Unasked Questions (FUQ) with stuff that concerned citizens like you never asked about Bangalore-CDP 2006 done under JNNURM.

Q1. What is this thing?
A. This City Development Plan (CDP) is a prerequisite for availing financial assistance under the JNNURM. The CDP is a 6-year policy and investment plan (2007-12).

Q2. I thought it was called Comprehensive Development Plan, don’t mislead me here.
A. That CDP was done by BDA a while ago (1995, revised in 2002). This CDP was done last year so that our city can get some funds from JNNURM. It sources a lot from similar work done in recent past.

Q3. Do you think they will let janata-janardhan like us read this CDP? Where is it?
A. Some new material made mysterious appearance on BMP website. Find a few Bangalore-JNNURM docs there.

Q4. So what is this JNNURM thingie?
A. Good you asked. Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. It is an infrastructure investment plan under which Central Government gives you money to develop your city’s infrastructure, provided you meet certain conditions.

Q5. Why should I know all this?
A. To stay informed. And if you have time and enthu, to provide feedback when they ask for it. The CDP has a lot of info and stats to feed your opinions and heated arguments you engage yourself in on those blogs and forums.

Q6. You are talking infrastructure, investment and stuff. How about the urban poor?
A. “Basic Services to Urban Poor” is one of the sub missions of JNURM. See this – BSUP part of Bangalore CDP.

Q7. So, who did this CDP, Gowda or Lalu?
A. Neither. The CDP formulation was funded 35% by Central Govt, 15% by state govt, and rest by concerned institutions like BMP, BDA, BMTC etc.

Q8. You said center will provide JNNURM funds only if Bangalore meets certain conditions?
A. You heard that right. JNNURM requires that you undertake reforms in urban governance systems via implementation of e-governance. Only then will a city get the money.

Q9. So what is Bangalore doing to meet those conditions?
A. You tell me by looking at this reforms report card. State of Karnataka has to do a few things as well.

Q10. Okay good. Thanks for all that about CDP and JNNURM. Now tell me some interesting things from this CDP if you actually read it.
A. Oh sure. Digest some.

– While the area of metropolitan Bangalore is less than 0.5% of the area of the State, it contributes 75% of the corporate tax collections, 80% of sales tax collections, and 90% of luxury tax collections in the State.

– Amongst surrounding CMC areas, Dasarahalli has the most Slum households in Bangalore Metro Area. And as per 2001 census, 10% of population in BMP area lived in slums.

– Total number of citizens who provided feedback during JNNURM-CDP process (apparently, they put this up on 314 !

– As per 2001 census, Bangalore’s sex ratio is 906. So about 10% of you guys will have a hard time finding brides :)

– As per the SWOT analysis of Bangalore’s position, its key weakness is: Land use/ Planning issues – absence of clear CBD, locked up land (defense and railways).

– And key strength (besides the obvious salubrious climate): Water availability in Cauvery Basin !!

Okay doks, here it ends, an attempted FUQ on JNNURM-CDP of Bangalore. Obviously, I am an amateur on the subject, so if you spot any grave errors here, shoot and I shall make the correction.

12 Comments so far

  1. silkboard (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    Fixed some broken links.

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

    excellent initiative and post SB…quite informative, useful and intutive!!

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    goody. goody..
    meanwhile they have started implementing a few of the plans, and it might be worthwhile to track them. especially, those unsexy ones that the media will not cover. drains, sewage, water, electricity.

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    Thanks Rajesh/Tarle. I hope more folks read this and know/track these important things about their beloved city.

    And thanks JJ for your email. Have linked BSUP answer (Q6) to the relevant pdf now.

  5. NK (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    you guys are good. Nice range of topics covered on this blog. Informative, serious stuff like this to burning issues to the trivial. keep it up.

  6. mn (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 5:58 am

    From what I heard, the new 2007 Bangalore CDP should have been signed and released last month (January 2007). When (by which day/month) is this new 2007 Bangalore CDP expected to be signed and released? Thank you very much.

  7. silkboard (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:39 am

    @ NK, thanks

    @ MN, don’t have the answer to that question. I didn’t know there was 2007 version expected in Jan itself. Will be watching for it on BMP / JNNURM websites.

  8. mn (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 1:11 am


    Do you know when the latest CDP (which should have been released in January 2007) going to be released?

    Also, is the latest CDP version the 2006 version or 2007 version?

  9. mn (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    Hello Silkboard,

    Some more questions. Would greatly appreciate your answers

    Q1) Are they going to release separate City Development Plan (CDP) and Master Plan (the new name for Comprehensive Development Plan)? If so, when are the latest versions of these two plans expected to be released?


    Are they just going to release a new City Development Plan and not the new Master Plan (Comprehensive Development Plan)? If so, when is the new City Development Plan expected to be released?

    Q2) Is BDA going to follow the new City Development Plan or the Master Plan once it is released?

    Q3) Would Karnataka CM be signing off on the new City Development Plan?

  10. silkboard (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    MN, I dont have all the answers. But I can tell you that this JNNURM-CDP and Master Dev Plan or CDP-2015 have different content and purpose. The JNNURM-CDP builds on several docs prepared by ULBs like BDA, like the CDP-2015 – in fact the 2015 plan is referred to at quite a few places. This doc is like an umbrella over other ULB’s docs and prepares grounds for investments under JNNURM.

    So my answer is that BDA’s CDP 2015 (or MDP) still stands. Though I don’t understand the roles of BDA vs BMRDA in the new Bruhat Bangalore era.

  11. tarlesubba (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    Here is an article from y’day’s Hindu on this topic.

  12. mn (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 5:35 am

    SILKBOARD and TARLESUBBA, thank you very much for your replies.

    I am in the process of making a crucial decision for which I HAVE to find out about when the Bangalore Master Plan 2015 (Comprehensive Development Plan 2015)is going to be signed and released.

    Q1) Does any one know about when the Bangalore Master Plan 2015 (Comprehensive Development Plan 2015) is expected to be signed by state government and released?

    After reading the following Hindu article posted by TARLESUBBA, I have a few more questions.

    Q2) Does it appear like Karnataka State Pollution Control Board is going to effect (delay) the release date of the Bangalore Master Plan 2015 in any way?

    Q3) Did Karnataka State Pollution Control Board raise objections before BDA finalized the Master Plan in Dec 2006 and try to ensure that the objections it was raising were addressed before the plan was finalized by BDA? Why is KSPC bringing up issues and objections so late in the process?

    Q4) Karnataka CM indicated in December 2006 that CM/state government were going to sign off the Master Plan 2015 and release it in 2007 January first week. Does any one know any thing about why it has not been signed and released yet?

    Q5) Whom should I contact to learn about the firm release date of the Master Plan 2015? Would you know their contact info. (email and phone number)?

    Thank you.

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