Sunday, June 29, 2008

For a world-class city!

For a world-class city!
Bangalore, dhns:
The State Government has brought out a Bangalore-specific policy and would strive to make it a world class city with world class infrastructure, said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, while inaugurating the interactive workshop on Saturday. This was promised by the BJP in its election manifesto.

“The city has been growing manifold, with lack of proper infrastructure to meet the growing demands. There is a need to allocate Rs 50,000 crore to improve infrastructure, viz drinking water, improvement of roads not just in Bangalore, but throughout the state. From this, Bangalore alone will need Rs 20,000 crore. A dream to transform this city into a world class city is what I dream,” he said.

Mr Yeddyurappa then added that the government alone will not be able to fulfil the dream. “There is a vast pool of talent available outside the government. A public-private partnership model can provide a useful forum to make use of this talent,” the CM said.

City needs leadership

In his address Dr A Ravindra, former chief secretary, while touching upon the need to implement recommendations of the Dr K Kasturirangan Committee on Bangalore said, Bangalore lacks a leader, when it came to civic issues. “A directly elected mayor for a period of five years is needed. The mayor should have a fixed term. A restructuring of palnning is needed. The Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority should take over planning from the BDA, so that infrastructure pertaining to Greater Bangalore is also looked into,” he said.

Dr Ravindra added that the challenges ahead were aplenty in urban governance systems, that are governed by old legislations. “Eleven percent of FDI is generated from Bangalore. The City has been contributing immensely but suffers from improper planning. A professional approach to development should be adopted,” he noted.


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