In webinar, Bengaluru ex-corporators discuss their term, share experiences

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP
| Bengaluru |

Updated: September 12, 2020 8:31:44 pm

Five-year time period of Bengaluru’s civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) ended lately. (File Photo)

As the five-year time period of Bengaluru’s civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) ended lately, Janaagraha, a non-profit organisation, organised a web-based occasion wherein former BBMP corporators mentioned their time period in workplace.

The occasion ‘Namma Nayakaru’(Our Leaders in Kannada) was held on Saturday, the place 12 Councillors shared their views on their tenure as BBMP Corporators (2019-2020) which ended on September 10. The corporators talked about their experiences, and likewise shared insights and their facet of the story.

Mohan Kumar D, Former Public Works Standing Committee Chairman and Corporator of Nagarabhavi, estimated that Rs 50,000 crore of BBMP property has been encroached upon by numerous teams. He mentioned it is vitally necessary to recuperate the BBMP’s misplaced properties, and that these could possibly be utilised to generate income for developmental works within the metropolis.

Former Mayor (2019-2020) Goutham Kumar added that each BBMP authorized workforce and Estate Department ought to be working to recuperate the properties. ”Fifty thousand crores of BBMP property remains to be not with BBMP. We want to assert it again by appointing officers who monitor this,” Goutham Kumar mentioned.

Speaking on his time period, he mentioned, “For a metropolis like Bengaluru, there’s a have to design a complete growth plan and one-year time period for a Mayor is just not sufficient to implement the identical. He mentioned the time period ought to be prolonged to no less than 2.5 years.

“We need revenue for development. If we streamline our properties and put processes in order and collect taxes in a seamless manner, BBMP has the potential to raise Rs 5,000 crore of property tax. We have an inflated budget of Rs 10,000 crore with only Rs 3,000 crore income,” mentioned Former Tax and Finance Standing Committee Chairman and Corporator of Shankara Matta Shivaraju.

Swetha Vijaykumar, who served because the Corporator of Doddanekundi, mooted for environment friendly working of ward committees calling it a ‘support system of citizens’. She additionally careworn that the civic physique ought to present well timed help to corporators in order that it may help their efforts.

Former BBMP opposition chief and Corporator of Kacharkanahalli, Padmanabha Reddy highlighted the necessity for ward committees to be given further powers and therefore made efficient not simply in title but in addition in perform. He additionally demanded that the councillors and mayor be given powers as dictated by article 243.

Speaking concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, former Appeal Standing Committee Chairman and Corporator of Domlur CR Lakshminarayanan mentioned, “COVID issue was very challenging for us. If we need to work effectively, we need all departments to work well with more support from the legal department.”

Janaagraha Civic Participation Head Srinivas Alavilli mentioned that many residents who joined the webinar have appreciated the occasion and termed it an eye-opener.

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