Tuesday, November 30, 2004

CM promises to beautify City for Habba

CM promises to beautify City for Habba

Deccan Herald

Chief Minister N Dharam Singh has pledged all government help and support, in terms of infrastructure, for the forthcoming Bangalore Habba scheduled to be held in different parts of Bangalore between December 5 and 12.
At a meeting with a delegation of the Bangalore Habba, comprising film maker Prakash Belwadi, Director Bangalore School of Music Mr Aruna Sunderlal and managing trustee of the Artistes’ Foundation Ms Padmini Ravi, Mr Dharam Singh assured them that Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), Bangalore Development Authority, Department of Tourism and the Bangalore City Police would be roped in to provide the required assistance during Bangalore Habba. “The Chief Minister said the government would take the lead in beautifying the City and giving it a festive look during the Habba. While, the BMP will decorate and ready 10 parks during that time, the light, sound and the artistes for the park will be provided by us,” said Ms Ravi and added that Government buildings such as the Unity and Utility buildings will be lit. “The Habba is just an excuse to get the government to participate. We don’t want this Habba to be another private effort, we want the government to endorse it,” said Ms Ravi.

Ms Ravi said the government had given the go ahead for the deployment of additional police forces at all the locations where the Habba is scheduled to take place. “It will be too expensive if we ourselves were to make arrangement for additional security,” said Ms Ravi.

The Department of Tourism and Department of Information and Publicity has taken on the task of promoting the ‘Bangalore Habba’ as the ‘Festival of the City.’ Additional buses will be pressed into service by the Department of Transport to ferry the participants and the visitors to the different locations of the festival.


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