A "Traffic Improvement Action Plan for 2012-13" was mailed to the Traffic Advisory Committee (sometimes referred to as 'Citizen's Traffic Forum') members, by the office of the Addl Commissioner, Traffic, a day before the meeting held on the 1st Sept. The ppt presentation may be accessed here. The same was apparently prepared in conjunction with the other "stake-holders" of the city, and, with their overall approval obtained at a meeting held on the 25th Aug, the works are expected to start soon.
Now, the presentation only provides a list of the jobs being taken up, alongwith costs, and time schedules. So, at the meeting, I raised the point about consultation with the biggest stake-holders, viz, the citizens. The Addl Commissioner went on to say that the involvement of the BBMP, an elected body, is tantamount to citizen consultation (or, something to that effect). My fear besides is that the meeting of the 1st Sept will go on record as a 'citizen consultaion' exercise, thereby co-opting all the members in the approval of the Action Plan.
My idea of citizen consultation process however is a lot different (Here is what I would consider a model process from the city of London, though petaining to a different sector). Here, I would have liked to see detailed plans of at least each of the major works, made available perhaps on the net, apart from scale models of the project areas displayed at the nearest ward office (showing clearly how things will look after the jobs are completed), at least some six months ahead of the commencement of the actual civil works. The six months period will then be utilised for getting feedback from the citizens, and making necessary changes, as may be decided thereof. The project parameters will be frozen thereafter, and the job executed within the scheduled time.
Well, at the meeting, I made the point that the details should be made available well before the commencement of the works. The Addl Commissioner looked in the direction of the BBMP and BDA representatives who seemed to nod their heads, though, I am not sure whether in approval or disapproval.
Actually, the major works being undertaken are by BBMP and BDA. So, the announcements, citizen consultations, etc should be undertaken by them, and not as much by the traffic police. But, it is only traffic police that seems to want to interact with the citizens. While appreciating the efforts of the traffic police, shouldn't the citizens begin to demand proper citizen consultation exercises by the big daddies too?, From PRAJA-RAAG side, I'll be shooting off letters to them to this effect, soon. Perhaps others will follow suit too.