Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mayor’s latest decision also stumps BBMP chief

Mayor’s latest decision also stumps BBMP chief
Aarthi R | TNN

Bangalore: It’s not just Bangaloreans who are confused, even BBMP commissioner Siddaiah who is the final executive authority for the city, is not clear on what’s next on road-widening.
“It’s time we took a concrete dec i s i o n . The mayor’s announcement has come in. But there are some q u e s - tions still to be ans w e r e d before we can implement the decision in full effect. We will hold discussions on this next week to zero in on a concrete plan of action.’’
Siddaiah, however, made it clear that the existing works on road-widening would go on ...”I am not sure whether it is core areas.’’
One of city’s most-talkedabout projects has very little documentation.
Till date no proper records are maintained on the progress of work, said BBMP sources.
Also the big question is whether the mayor can take unilateral decisions—-like putting on hold the roadwidening project? The Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act, the rulebook for the BBMP council, is very clear on the mayor’s powers.
According to the act, the mayor does not have any administrative powers. Simply put, the mayor’s main role in the council is as its custodian and for conducting meetings. Any decision must be based only after a elaborate debate and discussion at the council.
Dharna against
Bangalore: Spearheading the movement against proposed roadwidening that’s left Bangaloreans worried and confused, Save Bangalore Committee has organized a dharna on Tuesday. The ‘No to Roadwidening’ will see veteran freedom fighter H S Doreswamy and Jnanpith awardee U R Ananthamurthy among others. The protest march will start at 10.30 am from Mysore Bank Circle and end at Bannappa Park. Citizens across the city, whose property is likely to be axed for road-widening, will participate.


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