Saturday, August 23, 2008

BBMP may borrow ideas from San Francisco

BBMP may borrow ideas from San Francisco
Bangalore, DHNS:
Two technology hubs - Bangalore and San Francisco - are set to join hands to deal with problems, including infrastructure, that have been hindering the growth of both cities.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will shortly sign a memorandum of understanding with the county of San Francisco under “sister city arrangement.”

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa gave the stamp of approval for this on Friday after holding a meeting with Kumar Malavalli, the co-founder of Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

Malavalli met the CM as the envoy of the Mayor of San Francisco county.

When asked how the arrangement will benefit Bangalore, BBMP Commissioner S Subramanya told Deccan Herald “Like Bangalore, San Francisco is also a hub for IT, BT and emerging science. Both the cities are facing almost similar problems. The arrangement will enable officials of both the sides to share knowledge and experience to deal with them.”

BBMP, once the MOU is signed, can borrow the development concept being followed in the sister city. “We can adopt the successful model of the sister city in dealing with traffic congestion, infrastructure inadequacies, urban housing, upgrading the standard of living of the poor and others. We will hugely benefit from this,” the Commissioner pointed out. An action plan will be prepared by officials of both cities before signing the MOU. Both the Centre and State Government have already given the green signal for the arrangement, he said.


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