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November 2007

A lot of talk - little to show for

Over the past few months I have read a number of announcements by the traffic police on how they are going to improve things, I really have not seen much progress

BIAL connectivity updates Novenmber 2007


Newspapers have been reporting a lot of action on BIAL connectivity front. Some tidbits:

“The design of the trumpet interchange has been finalised in coordination with the NHAI to accommodate the expansion to eight lanes. The interchange work will not be delayed. Most of it will be ready for the airport opening date of March 30 and completed by July 2008,’’ said Albert Brunner, CEO, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).

The infrastructure task force (basically a body of concerned industrailists of the city) is supposed to have met today (Thursday), we should have more updates in newspapers tomorrow. But it seems:

In the long term, the task force is thinking of an express train service, a Peripheral Ring Road and an Express Highway Ring Road, sources said.

Last week, Livemint reported that:

Prez Rule-II

House Dissolved

President Pratibha Patil has dissolved the State Legislative Assembly.

The three advisors to Governor Rameshwar Thakur are likely to assume charge on November 29.

Cities and self rule


Mayor of London, Mr Ken Livingstone, made headlines when he visited Mumbai and Delhi recently. Amongst the things he said, here is one that I thought stood out.

"London mayor Ken Livingstone said on Wednesday that ... when it comes to the development of a city like Mumbai, he said he was not sure if his counterpart here can do much to change people’s lives with limited executive powers."

Thats a quote from TOI Mumbai Nov 22 2007. Truth hurts, but Mr Livingstone was almost right when he said that:

"... unfortunately the mayor of Mumbai did not have any power regarding important matters affecting the city. Almost all the powers are with the state government."

Namma Mono - Where are you ?

BMRC said that it cannot handle Monorail along with Metro. After that there is no update by either BMRCL or state government about the staus such as appointment of a consultant, is it going to be operated on a BOOT or is Government going to build, is BMRCL going to handle this or not etc.. Lot of questions arising about Monorail of Bangalore. comment guidelines

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