Giving Impetus to Comprehensive Development

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The Bhruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) gives prime focus on the welfare of citizens and safety of women. “We propose to have something for everybody, especially for the poorer sections of the city. With the support of the state government, the BBMP will address all the problems in the city and has several thrust areas including conservation of environment and water, rain water harvesting, civic health, and sanitation etc. The fiscal health of the corporation has improved, and many projects undertaken last year are about to see fruition soon,” says R Sampath Raj, Mayor, BBMP, in an interview with Anantha Narayanan of Advantage Karnataka.

1. Could you talk about various initiatives this year for the development of the city?

BBMP has a slew of initiatives for the development of the city and all sections of society. This year’s budget itself stick to support this motive with people-friendly and progressive projects. BBMP gives prime focus on the welfare of citizens and safety of women. It proposes to have something for everybody, especially for the poorer sections of the city including Pourakarmikas, transgenders, slum-dwellers, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and minority communities.

We have taken up the preparatory works for the comprehensive development of Bangalore city, giving impetus to solve various problems of the city. With the support of the state government, the BBMP will address all the problems in the city and has several thrust areas including conservation of environment and water, rain water harvesting, civic health, and sanitation etc. It also focuses on protecting the cultural heritage of the city, welfare, health and education and completion of ongoing public works.

Separate plans have been made for welfare programmes for the differently-abled, such as providing tricycles, and financial assistance for self-employment, among other initiatives. There are proposals for the establishment of dialysis centres at various parts in the city for benefit of poor patients. BBMP is spending around half of the total amount of the budget on maintenance and development works. The fiscal health of the corporation has improved, and many projects undertaken last year are about to see fruition soon.

2. Could you talk about the latest updates on Indira Canteens?

Setting up of Indira Canteens in all 198 civic wards is one of the flagship programmes to provide healthy and subsidised food for the people. The canteens play a prime role in fulfilling the government’s aim to make Karnataka hunger-free. The canteens are very popular in the city and thousands of people now rely on them. As of now 176 wards have Indira Canteens which are fully operational.

Recently BBMP has opened mobile canteens also at various places where a fixed outlet was not possible. Around 20 mobile Indira Canteens has been launched and they are parked near public parks and prime locations of civic wards serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at cheap rates. The mobile vans are part of the government's efforts to ensure that all 198 centres have operational canteens. We are planning to open generic medicine stores, Janoushadha Centres, in all Indira Canteens and the project is on the anvil.

3.Environmental pollution is one of the major issues Bangalore city is facing now. Could you talk about the various initiatives to address this?

BBMP has taken several initiatives to address the issue of aggravating pollution. Recently, Bengaluru city has joined London to co-chair the C-40 Air Quality Network to the fight against climate change and improve the quality of the air in the city. We also propose to use effective techniques of afforestation and environment management to enhance the greenery of the city. Rs.1 Crore has been allotted to 200 samplings with tree guards in each ward.

BBMP also proposes to raise and maintain 2 Lakhs saplings in 5 nurseries of Palike this year and the project is actively progressing. Necessary actions will be taken against encroachments on lake beds and projects are on to rejuvenate 40 lakes. Rs.45.26 Crores has been allocated for protecting the environment and greenery. We are also setting up tree parks at various parts of the city and taking all the necessary steps to keep the Garden City’s greenery.

4. Waste management is another issue in the city with new dumping yards coming up every other day. Could you talk about the policies taken by BBMP to tackle the issue?

Scientific disposal of dry and wet waste generated every day is a huge challenge to the Palike. So, we aim at segregating the waste at the source of origin itself. Waste segregation basically means keeping wet, dry, and sanitary/reject waste separately, so that dry can be recycled, wet waste can be composted, and sanitary waste can be incinerated. We have achieved around 45% in waste segregating at the source by using separate bins. This year the target is to make it 65%. BBMP has around 16000 pourakarmikas all around the city and we are planning to raise the number by 4000 more.

BBMP has initiated various campaigns on waste management to convince people to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic and promote using recyclable cotton and jute bags. Penalties up to Rs.5 Lakhs will be levied from those who dump garbage in storm water drains and lake areas. BBMP has given proper guidelines to the citizens regarding waste management. We urge people to provide their support to make the city clean and garbage free by following these guidelines.

5.Could you talk about your visions and priorities for the city? Any specific targets you wish to achieve during your term?

Bengaluru is the Silicon Valley of India and the city is growing at a fast pace. BBMP aims to make the city at par with many international cities by improving the infrastructure, protection environment and enhancing citizen services. My priority will be to effectively implement all the projects taken up by the Palike within the stipulated time for the comprehensive development of the city.

Rain water harvesting, and waste management are other policies I would like to take forward. The traffic congestion is a great concern as the number of vehicles is on the rise each day. We are taking strict action against illegal constructions and parking. We are also seizing illegal shops to decongest the city. BBMP has plans for constructing more multi-level parking centres at various spots.

BBMP has a slew of initiatives for the development of the city and all sections of society. This year’s budget itself stick to support this motive with people-friendly and progressive projects. BBMP gives prime focus on the welfare of citizens and safety of women. It proposes to have something for everybody, especially for the poorer sections of the city including Pourakarmikas, transgenders, slum-dwellers, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and minority communities.

We have taken up the preparatory works for the comprehensive development of Bangalore city, giving impetus to solve various problems of the city. With the support of the state government, the BBMP will address all the problems in the city and has several thrust areas including conservation of environment and water, rain water harvesting, civic health, and sanitation etc. It also focuses on protecting the cultural heritage of the city, welfare, health and education and completion of ongoing public works.

Separate plans have been made for welfare programmes for the differently-abled, such as providing tricycles, and financial assistance for self-employment, among other initiatives. There are proposals for the establishment of dialysis centres at various parts in the city for benefit of poor patients. BBMP is spending around half of the total amount of the budget on maintenance and development works. The fiscal health of the corporation has improved, and many projects undertaken last year are about to see fruition soon.

2. Could you talk about the latest updates on Indira Canteens?

Setting up of Indira Canteens in all 198 civic wards is one of the flagship programmes to provide healthy and subsidised food for the people. The canteens play a prime role in fulfilling the government’s aim to make Karnataka hunger-free. The canteens are very popular in the city and thousands of people now rely on them. As of now 176 wards have Indira Canteens which are fully operational.

Recently BBMP has opened mobile canteens also at various places where a fixed outlet was not possible. Around 20 mobile Indira Canteens has been launched and they are parked near public parks and prime locations of civic wards serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at cheap rates. The mobile vans are part of the government's efforts to ensure that all 198 centres have operational canteens. We are planning to open generic medicine stores, Janoushadha Centres, in all Indira Canteens and the project is on the anvil.

3.Environmental pollution is one of the major issues Bangalore city is facing now. Could you talk about the various initiatives to address this?

BBMP has taken several initiatives to address the issue of aggravating pollution. Recently, Bengaluru city has joined London to co-chair the C-40 Air Quality Network to the fight against climate change and improve the quality of the air in the city. We also propose to use effective techniques of afforestation and environment management to enhance the greenery of the city. Rs.1 Crore has been allotted to 200 samplings with tree guards in each ward.

BBMP also proposes to raise and maintain 2 Lakhs saplings in 5 nurseries of Palike this year and the project is actively progressing. Necessary actions will be taken against encroachments on lake beds and projects are on to rejuvenate 40 lakes. Rs.45.26 Crores has been allocated for protecting the environment and greenery. We are also setting up tree parks at various parts of the city and taking all the necessary steps to keep the Garden City’s greenery.

4. Waste management is another issue in the city with new dumping yards coming up every other day. Could you talk about the policies taken by BBMP to tackle the issue?

Scientific disposal of dry and wet waste generated every day is a huge challenge to the Palike. So, we aim at segregating the waste at the source of origin itself. Waste segregation basically means keeping wet, dry, and sanitary/reject waste separately, so that dry can be recycled, wet waste can be composted, and sanitary waste can be incinerated. We have achieved around 45% in waste segregating at the source by using separate bins. This year the target is to make it 65%. BBMP has around 16000 pourakarmikas all around the city and we are planning to raise the number by 4000 more.

BBMP has initiated various campaigns on waste management to convince people to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic and promote using recyclable cotton and jute bags. Penalties up to Rs.5 Lakhs will be levied from those who dump garbage in storm water drains and lake areas. BBMP has given proper guidelines to the citizens regarding waste management. We urge people to provide their support to make the city clean and garbage free by following these guidelines.

5.Could you talk about your visions and priorities for the city? Any specific targets you wish to achieve during your term?

Bengaluru is the Silicon Valley of India and the city is growing at a fast pace. BBMP aims to make the city at par with many international cities by improving the infrastructure, protection environment and enhancing citizen services. My priority will be to effectively implement all the projects taken up by the Palike within the stipulated time for the comprehensive development of the city.

Rain water harvesting, and waste management are other policies I would like to take forward. The traffic congestion is a great concern as the number of vehicles is on the rise each day. We are taking strict action against illegal constructions and parking. We are also seizing illegal shops to decongest the city. BBMP has plans for constructing more multi-level parking centres at various spots.

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