CM takes note of TOI’s Citizen Agenda

BANGALORE: He couldn’t have ignored the citizens’ voice. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has taken note of The Times of India’s 16-day campaign,

Citizen Agenda, listing out Bangaloreans’ wishlist for the city and has convened an interactive meeting with the public and officials here on June 28.

The meeting, titled Bangalore’s Development Public Consultation, to be held at NIAS, will have NGOs, resident welfare associations, trade bodies and other agencies deliberating with experts on urban infrastructure and what needs to be done to bring the bang back into the city. “All these people have ideas on how Bangalore can be improved, but nobody is there to hear them,” Yeddyurappa told TOI in an interview on Sunday.

On June 4, we launched a new campaign on behalf of Bangaloreans to draft an agenda for the new government. That this seam-splitting city deserves more was evident in the overwhelming response we got from readers, experts and prominent citizens to our call for suggestions on what can be done to improve public services. Based on these recommendations, we had prepared the city’s wishlist — a 16-point agenda for the government to act upon. Appointing a minister exclusively for the Silicon City, setting up a BATF-type nodal agency and crackdown on land encroachments were among the points made.

Yeddyurappa said the meeting will be later extended to look into issues concerning city corporations across the state. To start with, a core team has been constituted with an officer specially appointed to scan issues, ideas and grievances that appear in the media. “During the President’s rule, lots of things happened about I don’t want to go into them,” he said rather cryptically.

The slow progress being made by the Bangalore Metro Rail project had come to his notice, Yeddyurappa said. “Last week, I met officers and warned them. Hereafter, once in every two months, on a second Saturday, I and senior officials will review projects concerning the development of Bangalore.”

On Karnataka not having taken the services of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD E Sreedharan for the big project, the CM said: “I know Sreedharan personally, I will speak to him. His presence will help — 100 per cent. We will take his advice.”