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ABIDe Convenor to quit, reforms stymied by cabinet

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Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, convenor of the ABIDe task force for Bengaluru, has sent a letter to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa indicating he has been left with no option but to resign.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, convenor of the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure Development (ABIDe) committee, has sent a letter to the chief minister B S Yeddyurappa indicating that he has been left with no choice but to resign, Citizen Matters has learnt.

Chandrasekhar's reasons for resigning have to do with the manner in which ABIDe's reform proposals for Bengaluru governance are being handled at the state cabinet, notably by leading ministers R Ashoka (MLA, Padmanabhanagar) and Katta S Naidu (MLA, Hebbal). He has taken the position that if ABIDe's major recommendations are not useful for the government, then there is no need for him to continue as convenor, highly placed sources told Citizen Matters.

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Saw this coming (last 2

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Saw this coming (last 2 paragraphs under recommendations). Bengaluru is too lucrative for the ministers be give up easily. What needs to happen is a gradual move towards complete implementation of the report (in say 2-3 years) by starting with the easy steps and then moving to the tougher ones.

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How transparent and Democratic ABIDe was?

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Do we need to shed tears for the (Possible)demise of ABIDe?

My own experience is ABIDe is getting the taste if its own. If it is not democratic and transparent, how can it expect the govt who was its parent, to be implementing its proposals?

I am interested in knowing the details of any one case where ABIDe has demonstrated the traditions of democracy and transparency in coming up with proposals for govt to implement.

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ABIDe meeting

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ABIDe seems to have met the heads of civic agencies and talked about much-needed initiatives on drinking water and sewerage (something basic and more urgent than the overhyped road and traffic infrastructure). At long last, they are talking about moving away from Cauvery as the sole source. Been saying the same thing for a while. Ditto with sewerage - the way to go is to build mini sewage treatment plants near lakes and near high-discharge locations (marriage halls, apartments, hotels etc.) and charge appropriately to recover cost.
It would be interesting to know the nitty-gritty's discussed - unfortunately ABIDe's website is not updated yet. More importantly, it would be nice to know if there are any time-bound, small but important steps being taken to mitigate the issues. comment guidelines

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