Sunday, June 29, 2008

BSY motto: People must set agenda

BSY motto: People must set agenda
DH News Service, Bangalore:
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday assured a gathering of over 400 experts from various fields and resident welfare associations at an interactive session on Bangalore infrastructure, that he will soon constitute a high power committee within a month to develop the City on par with international standards.

He made this announcement at the end of the day-long workshop on ‘Agenda for Bangalore Infrastructure Development (ABIDE)’. Infosys Board member T V Mohandas Pai had earlier advocated the need for such a panel.
Among the slew of other suggestions that poured in during the workshop were a roof for all, budgetary allocation for the poor, completion of NICE project at the earliest, group houses, Metro and Mono Rail.

The chief minister said the suggestions were precious. “We are committed to the development of the State and we will not go unilaterally. We are going to constitute a high-power committee within 30 days. This committee will accept all the suggestions and implement the required infrastructural needs,” he said.

“Every month the committee will not only discuss the new projects or requirements for Bangalore but also review those projects which are under progress. The committee will submit the report to the government. This way, we will be able to see the progress of our projects,” said Yeddyurappa.

He also assured that such interactive discussions between the government and people will take place every year in Bangalore.

Besides Bangalore, such interactive discussions will soon take place in seven other major cities of the State including Hubli-Dharwad, Gulbarga, and Mysore.

Dream for State

“Our dream is for the overall growth of the State, not Bangalore or the other cities alone. We need public participation and people’s support. A difference will be visible within a year,” the chief minister declared. He urged the people to send in their suggestions, either personally or in writing to him.

He reminded the people that there is no dearth of funds in the State. “Funds are not a problem. We have enough but what we lacked was a political will. Now we want to tell that we have a strong political will to change the scene,” Yeddyurappa said.

* High-powered committee for Bangalore, to review old and new projects every month and brief the chief minister.
* BMP, BMTC, BWSSB, BESCOM, KHB, KSPCB, BMRCL make presentations.
* On street and off street parking on PPP model. Ten large areas identified within core area and proposals received under Swiss Challenge method.
* Sanction accorded for high- speed rail link to Bengaluru International Airport; Special Purpose Vehicle formed for the project.


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