Friday, May 21, 2004

Participative governance works

In 2002, the BMP came out with a public-private partnership programme (PPP) which involved inviting corporates, insitutions, residents' associations and philanthropists to adopt the city's parks, medians, traffic islands, lakes, footpaths, boulevards and circles. This was done as the BMP was struggling for resources for the upkeep of the city's green and open spaces. Today, 11 boulevards, 82 traffic islands and circles, 5 footpaths, 65 parks and 2 lakes have been developed under this initiative. The success of the programme has pushed the BMP into awarding 244 more projects this year. Participative governance is definitely helping Bangalore reclaim its status as garden city.


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