Mayor, Minister George skip meeting to elicit suggestions for smart city

Mayor, Minister George skip meeting to elicit suggestions for smart city

Submitted by Rashmi on Thu, 2016-06-23 19:54 Bengaluru: A meeting to gather suggestion for Smart City organised by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) received a rather cold response from public representatives. Right from Mayor, district in-charge minister KJ George and other ministers, MLAs, deputy mayor, and almost all the corporators chose to remain absent for the meet held at the Town Hall.A handful of public representatives who turned up for the meeting were Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan, BJP MLA Dr Ashwathanarayan and Satish Reddy from Bommanahalli.Expressing his disappointment over ‘absent’ leaders, MP Mohan said this was a very important meeting to elicit suggestions to include Bengaluru in the Prime Minister’s much-talked Smart City project. Under the Central government’s Smart City project, 100 smart cities will be created every year in the next five years with the assistance of Rs 100 crore each year. Sadly, not a single minister from Bengaluru city turned up, he lamented.A Ravindra, former additional chief secretary highlighted the key elements that will earn brownie points for Bengaluru to get on board with Smart City project. "Issues like water scarcity, air pollution, solid waste management, mobility and coordination between multiple civic agencies need to be addressed," he said.He felt that the city has a good human resource with more technocrats and educated class. Besides, the City is known as tech hub. This needs to be enhanced get the effective results, he added.During the meeting, MLA Ashwathnarayana pitched for better parking system, more public toilets and a rehabilitation and skill training centre for youths at Malleswaram.Agreeing with Ashwathnarayana, even Satish Reddy, MLA Bommanahalli vouched for Rs 2000 package for BTM, Bommanahalli and Jayanagar Assembly constituency for overall transport development.“We have proposed a mono train from Sarjapur to Kanakpur. We hope in the next ten years this would be in place to ensure sustainable growth," he said.BBMP Commissioner, Manjunath Prasad appreciated the suggestions and said he would incorporate them in the final report