Sunday, April 19, 2009

BJP to unveil roadmap for city’s future

BJP to unveil roadmap for city’s future
With a hope to win all the three seats in Bangalore city, Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday said that it would evolve an exclusive, growth-oriented, people-friendly ‘action plan’ for the IT city.

The action plan will have five ‘sutras’ - having an exclusive law for BBMP on the lines of the ones in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, providing citizen-centric governance, welfare of urban poor, decentralisation of public service delivery system and preserving Bangalore’s heritage and ecology - and will be unveiled within a week by all the three BJP Lok Sabha candidates contesting from Bangalore.

The action plan to be packaged under the punch line ‘forward looking and caring,’ will be entirely different from the Abide module, Bangalore South candidate Ananth Kumar told reporters here.

“While Abide is a module for overall development of the city for next 12 years, the action plan is a roadmap for development of Bangalore in next three years.

Through this, Bangalore can be seen as a role model for other cities in the country,” Kumar, who has taken the initiative in drawing this action plan, said.

Elaborating on the standalone law for BBMP, Kumar said the existing law is carved out through an amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1975, while the proposed law will support speedy development of the city.

Funds for action plan would flow from the state government, which has allocated Rs 4,000 crore in the recent budget for Bangalore’s development and also from stakeholders like Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Development Authority (BDA ), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) among others, with some assistance from the Centre.

‘This election would be a sportive encounter’

Welcoming the candidature of Capt Gopinath and KYPCC President Krishna Byregowda for Bangalore South, Kumar said that he would not undermine any of the opponents. “They are not my enemies, but opponents.

The upcoming election in Bangalore South will be a sportive encounter,” he maintained.

When asked about rumours that Gopinath was being backed by the CM, Kumar said that the Captain was a dear friend of him and in democracy anybody can contest polls. “And as far as Yeddyurappa is concerned, he has only one candidate of his - that’s me,” he said.

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