At a recent event to launch the agenda of the Bangalore Political Action Committee, K. Jairaj, B-PAC secretary and former Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner, was having his say on a grand range of topics such as the problems plaguing the civic authorities, the committee’s agenda, and its elitism “for a cause”.
“Bangalore used to have a hundred wards,” he boomed into the microphone during the course of his speech, “and now it has a hundred and…” — here he faltered — “a hundred and…”
An elderly member of the audience sitting in the front row hissed, “… ninety-eight”, prompting Mr. Jairaj, who chose to ignore him.
“A hundred and ninety-six,” he said, to a few more vehement hisses of “ninety-eight” from the man in the front row.
Time to get back to basics rather than rhetoric?
Making no bones
Over the past five months, garbage issues seem to have become insurmountable for the city administrators.
After being rapped time and again by the High Court of Karnataka, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has formed an expert committee.
Partnering with several non-governmental organisations, the civic authority is also in the thick of organising a seven-day exposition to debate and discuss prudent waste management practices. Breakfast meetings, seminars and workshops are part of this exposition, where experts sit around and brainstorm.
At a breakfast meeting, the experts were discussing involving elected representatives to create awareness among citizens, besides incentives such as waiving the garbage cess.
When an expert wondered what would be the incentive for the elected representations, Commissioner Siddaiah quipped: “Re-electability!”
CHITRA V. RAMANI