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Setting Up A Metropolitan Planning Committee For Bangalore

A round-table discussion on setting Up A Metropolitan Planning Committee For Bangalore is scheduled for Saturday, 28th July 2007 between 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM at the 3rd floor Conference Hall at the Legislators' Home in Bangalore. The discussion is organized by the Centre for Budget & Policy Studies, the Centre for Public Policy – IIM-B and CIVIC Bangalore. RSVP to CIVIC – 41144126 (Roopa/Karna).

Programme Schedule:
  • 10.00 AM – 10.05 AM Welcome
  • 10.05 AM – 10.10 AM Objectives of consultation
  • 10.10 AM – 10.30 AM Presentation on 74th Constitutional Amendment & MPC
  • 10.30 AM – 11.00 AM Presentation by Mr. Barun Ray, IAS Secretary, Kolkata Metropolitan Planning Committee on Kolkata MPC
  • 11.00 AM – 11.15 AM Tea-Break
  • 11.15 AM – 12.25 PM Discussion on setting up an MPC for Bangalore
  • 12.25 PM - 12.40 PM Chief Guests's remarks by Prof. B.K. Chandrashekar, MLC Hon'ble Chairperson, Karnataka Legislative Council
  • 12.40 PM - 12.55 PM Chairperson's remarks by Dr. A. Ravindra, IAS (Retd.) Deputy Chairperson, Karnataka State Planning Board
  • 12.55 PM – 1.00 PM Vote of thanks
  • 01.00 PM – 1.30 PM Lunch


Other invities include: MLAs & MLCs of Bangalore City, heads of all service agencies of Bangalore, party presidents of Bangalore city units, former mayors of Bangalore city, former BMP standing committee chairpersons, urban researchers, NGOs, etc.

Date: Saturday, 28th July 2007 Time: 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM Venue: Legislators' Home -I Conference Hall, 3rd floor, Bangalore 560001.

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For further details contact: Centre for Budget & Policy Studies SV Complex, 1st floor, 55 KR Road, Basavangudi, Bangalore 560004 Phone:++91-80-65907402--office; home ++91-80-26635957 Fax:++91-80-26671230 Centre for Public Policy – IIM-B Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560076 Ph: 080-2699-3266 CIVIC (Citizen's Voluntary Initiative for the City of Bangalore) (Regd., Public Charitable Trust No 599 / 94--95 IV) #6 Kasturi Apartments, 35/23 (Old 35/11) Langford Road Cross, Bangalore-560025 Email: civicblore@... , info@... Web: Ph: 080 – 41144126, 22110584


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Did they actually discuss the need for and the benefits of setting up a metropolitan planning commitee?

The Deccan Herald reports on the proceedings of the discussion.

While Bangalore has gained fame for rapid strides in the software sector and is home to the most prestigious of institutes in the Science and Defence sectors, its utilisation for betterment of Bangalore in providing infrastructure is missing.

A broad consensus on including the needs of all sections of society and striking a balance between various interest groups emerged at a round table discussion on ‘Setting up a Metropolitan Planning Committee for Bangalore,’ organised by CIVIC Bangalore on Saturday.

The discussion was presided by heads of various civic agencies, civil society groups an elected representatives.

Calling for the effective utilisation of intellectual capital that the City is known for, Prof B K Chandrashekhar, Chairperson, Karnataka Legislative Council said, while Bangalore has gained fame for rapid strides in the software sector and is home to the most prestigious of institutes in the Science and Defence sectors, its utilisation for betterment of Bangalore in providing infrastructure is missing.

“As member of the City Urban Management Committee, a decade ago we had proposed vehicle free zones in the central areas of Bangalore,” Mr Chandrashekhar suggested.

Delivering the chairperson’s address, Dr A Ravindra, Deputy Chairperson, Karnataka State Planning Commission said emphasis on the metropolitan planning committee should focus on its composition and planning.

BDA Commissioner Shankarlinge Gowda said, a need to nurture ‘Brand Bangalore’ is necessary. “The City is second to Tokyo in the world when it comes to growth in commercial space.

Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Jyothiramalingam speaking on conservation of water opined on the possibility of re-cycling of rain water flowing through storm water drains.

Barun Kumar Ray, Secretary, Kolkata Metropolitan Planning Committee, spoke on the 74th Constitutional Amendment and co-ordination between various local bodies in Kolkata.

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SB and others, Great idea to broadcast live via TV channel or webcast, or both. Plenty of examples available - check out (involved in all meetings) and (involved in 07/12/07 meeting). Maybe somebody can atleast capture on video and then see how to post it. Regards
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thanks for the links R. a

thanks for the links R. a chance to look at how things work in another part of the world.
tsubba's picture

kya baata karte mia aap-pu!!

kya baata karte mia aap-pu!! unhe sirf channel local programs global.
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a local community TV channel, or FM station?

don't they have these in the US - a local community channel that all cables must carry? We sort of have these 'local' channels, just that these only run pirated movies and movie song based programs :)
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which channel would carry

which channel would carry it? best we can hope for is for somebody to upload it on the net afterwards.
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live on TV?

Wouldn't it be great if they televise, broadcast or webcast these meetings live? Not requiring physical presence could lead to more participation, isn't it? The risk would be that you will get lot of noisy folks in as only the interested folks will take the pain to attend this on a weekend morning. Does anyone maintain a log/transcript of these meetings? I checked CIVIC, couldn't find anything there. comment guidelines

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