Saturday, June 28, 2008

Towards a better Bangalore

Towards a better Bangalore
Stakeholders To Come Together, Draw Vision Document Today

Bangalore: Today will be Bangalore’s first date with chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. Coming face-to-face with the citizenry to discuss problems and ring in some workable solutions, the Bangalore infrastructure development review summit, to be chaired by the CM, will see a host of urban planners, traffic experts, NGOs, resident welfare groups, industry and trade bodies coming together to draw a vision document.
The day-long summit at JRD Tata auditorium at IISc will hopefully not be another political event with ministers making oft-repeated promises. It will have multi-media presentations by experts, group discussions and finally, the unveiling of the blueprint for Bangalore’s development. The review summit is a result of the 16-part series report carried out by The Times of India on various issues bogging the city down — ranging from bad roads, irregular water supply, clogged drains, chaotic traffic, land encroachment, rising pollution. Taking note of the series, the CM convened the summit where the 13 civic stakeholders will list out their short and long-term projects.
The city was witness to such a summit during the time of S M Krishna’s tenure as CM when the Bangalore Agenda Task Force held quarterly reviews.
The issues that will be discussed at the event are civic administration, comprehensive traffic and transportation initiatives, municipal services, infrastructure, etc. K Kasturirangan, RITES and Janaagraha’s Ramesh Ramanathan will make presentations.
BDA BBMP BWSSB BMTC Bescom Karnataka Housing Board Karnataka State Pollution Control Board BMRCL KSIIDC Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority Public Works Department Department of Urban Land Transport Forest Department


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