Friday, August 20, 2004

Express your thanks to those who made a difference

Bangalore Cares for those who care
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: To attract government’s attention to the growing civic problems in Bangalore, besides thanking the people who made a difference to improve the city’s infrastructure, a group of concerned citizens under the name, ‘Bangalore Cares’ are joining hands with candle lights at the Queen’s statue on Friday.

According to a release by the Bangalore Cares, ‘‘There is a sense of disquiet and feeling about impending doom about the deteriorating quality of life in Bangalore.’’

Potholed roads, overflowing drains, half complete flyovers coupled with long, daily commuting and gridlocked traffic are some of the issues that need to be addressed, it said.

‘‘For one, we can sit up and take note when people do make a difference, by celebrating and saying thank you to government officers who have made a difference to Bangalore.’’ it said.

According to them, ‘‘One officer, for example, is Jayakar Jerome, the former BDA commissioner. He could have done nothing and we would not have noticed. He turned around a moribund, about-to-be-closed organisation into a robust, functioning body. And, in the process the city benefited.”

“Be it commuting over the completed Outer Ring Road, the Hebbal or Hosur flyover. Lalbagh has a new lease of life after 100 years. Over 50,000 Bangaloreans got sites with clean titles allotted.’’

The citizens’ group has urged all concerned to participate in the ‘Bangalore Cares’ to thank those who made a difference by attending the thanksgiving meet with candle lights.


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