Tuesday, June 27, 2006

CM promises the moon

CM promises to solve traffic problems in City
Vijay Times

REGRETTING that though Bangalore had attained international recognition, its residents were still having to face infrastructure and traffic problems, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said," Within a year, Ill try and solve at least some of the problems related to traffic in the City." Speaking at the launch of Deccan Traverses, a book on the making of Bangalores terrain at Raj Bhavan, he said, "I would like to congratulate the authors of the book, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha, who, being nonBangaloreans, have done thorough research on the Citys infrastructure and its problems.” "I request my department to purchase copies of this book and distribute it in various departments as well as the City libraries so that Bangaloreans, including various government officials, can learn more about the City," he added.

On Rupa & Co, Governor T N Chaturvedi said, "In the recent past, this publishing house has brought out quite a few books dealing with the architecture and landscape of the City. Some of the maps and pictures of Deccan Traverses have great significance." "As this book explains some of the contemporary problems and provides a platform to solve these problems, I hope it will be cherished by all. Moreover, this book will have a substantial contribution in solving various problems related to the Citys infrastucture in a participatory, objective and constructive way," he said.

"I request the Vice-Chancellors of both the Bangalore and Mysore Universities to raise debates on the architecture of the respective cities and bring it to the public forum," he added.

The authors made a presentation on the occasion.

"We should teach our children that ours is a tank civilisation and not a river civilisation. Tanks are not perennial water bodies but temporary ones," said Cunha.

"The future of Bangalore lies in the wonders of its landscape," he added. It may be recalled that the authors had, in 2004, held an exhibition in the Glass House of Lalbagh.

The authors, Anuradha Mathur , a landscape architect, is an associate professor at School of Design, University of Pennsylvania and Dilip Da Cunha, an architect and city-planner is a faculty member at Parsons School of Design, New York and University of Pennsylvania.


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