Now Five BBMP Corporations Proposed For Bangalore?
Such approaches failed elsewhere in cities like Delhi and one wonders whether the restructuring recommended by BBMP would work in Bangalore. The Metropolitan Authority that is proposed would supervise the three to five corporations being proposed within city limits. The MA would consist of civic agencies among others like BDA, BMTC, BWSSB that would help the corporations carry out its functions.
Now that BBMP elections have been announced for July 28, a lot of action is in progress. Chief Minister Siddaramiah was out on inspection and asked for status updates from concerned officials regarding various ongoing projects in the city.
Work would start early was the CM’s statement regarding the underground parking near Freedom Park. Lalbagh development works to the tune of Rs. 29 crore have been proposed by the Horticulture Department. Residents have suggested a railway overbridge in Kamanahalli that would be considered. MM Hospital in Pulikeshi Nagar would undergo renovation and the construction of another building in the premises is being considered.
The suggestion was made to increase the Lalbagh entry fee to Rs. 20 from the present Rs. 10. Though Lalbagh receives Rs. 2.5 crore through the sale of entry tickets, as much as 80% is spent on maintenance work there.
Kachakarakanahalli Lake is one more instance of encroachment with four temples built illegally in Sarvajnanagar constituency. The temples have been taken over by the Endowment Department.
If approved by the state government, the suggestion to restructure BBMP into five corporations by former bureaucrat B.S. Patil would become a reality. Greater Bengaluru Authority (GBA) would oversee the five corporations. Details have not been worked out yet but justification will be provided as to why the project should succeed in Bangalore whereas it failed in other cities.
The Delhi system failed because it did not have the 3 tier approach, according to V. Ravichandar, urban expert. What is the 3 tier system? The city divided into five parts is not only geographical but administrative restrictions also apply. Tier 1 has the Greater Bengaluru Authority managing and integrating economic development amongst the five corporations. Tier 2 will have the five municipal corporations instead of the one BBMP at present. Each corporation will consist of two parts and contain 35 to 45 wards. In Tier 3, each ward will have a committee of 20 members, 10 elected and 10 nominated. A corporator will chair the ward committee.
It is not yet known which zone and ward would be part of which corporation. Yet it is believed that each corporation would represent a combination of central and peripheral areas and urban and semi-urban. One of the five corporations would probably have only the Whitefield and Mahadevapura areas. In fact Mahadevapura combines industrial and residential units and could become a corporation in itself if you considered the geographical limits.
Yet the committee headed by law minister TB Jayachandra would recommend a single corporation. The committee visited several cities to study their systems. Delhi and Kolkata did not succeed with multiple corporations.