Sunday, October 25, 2009

BBMP to conduct pre-audit of works

BBMP to conduct pre-audit of works
Bangalore, Oct 24, DH News Service

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will conduct a pre-audit before handing over works related to laying or repairing of the road, the BBMP Commissioner Bharatlal Meena disclosed here on Saturday.

He was responding to a volley of questions by the students of Maharani Ammanni College at Malleswaram during an interaction programme here.

Meena spoke about the pre-audit of the works awarded by the BBMP in response to a question from a second year student, Malini. She asked the Commissioner why a road in good condition was dug up only to lay the road again. The Commissioner for a brief moment remained silent and then said he would see to it that such practices do not take place and before awarding the works he would conduct a pre-audit of the work from more than one agency to find out the need for such projects.

Another student, Gayathri Shankar raised the question of double standards adopted in carrying out developmental works. She wanted to know why the BBMP woke up to develop Hebbal only after the Bangalore International Airport (BIA) came up. The Commissioner explained that to give a good impression about Bangalore to the newcomers, importance had been given to the entire stretch of road that connects the city with BIA.

However, he assured that he would ensure that there is uniformity in development across Bangalore. He however did not agree that the entire Bangalore gets flooded. “There are only a few low-lying areas where flooding happens. We are improving the scene,” said Bharatlal.

Another student, Neha Pandey expressed her concern for the environment and wanted the BBMP to ban plastic bags. In response, he said that laws alone cannot contain the practice of using plastic bags. People should carry bags while going to market instead of depending on plastic carry-bags, he added.

About the pollution emitting vehicles, Commissioner advised people to take down the registration number of the vehicle and complain to the traffic police. About the garbage menace, the commissioner asked people to contact the BBMP Control Room on telephone numbers 22660000 and 22221188.

A student who pedals everyday from Yeshwanthpur to the college complained that roads were unsafe for cyclists. In response to that, the Commissioner said he would see to it that there are separate tracks on major roads for the cyclists.

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