The new Commissioner of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has his task cut out for him. M. Lakshminarayana took charge from Siddaiah, who retired from service, on Friday.

Speaking to presspersons after assuming his new role, he conceded that being at the helm of affairs at the civic authority was perhaps “one of the most challenging assignments” in his 26-year career. He, however, said he would follow the road map laid by his predecessor. “The BBMP can do much more. I am confident that we can achieve something as Mr. Siddaiah has already put in place some systems,” he said.

Monsoon-ready

Stating that his priority would be to improve the systems and BBMP’s financial condition, he said the government had also promised to help the civic authority improve the infrastructure. The first task would, however, be monitoring the removal of silt from drains across the city to prevent flooding during monsoon, besides taking action to check the spread of dengue.

Mr. Lakshminarayana said that though systems were in place, there was need to make them function in a more citizen-friendly manner. “Even if we have to work through the day and night, we have the responsibility to attend to all problems of the citizens. There is a need to work in a more transparent manner.”

Housing in slums

Given that he was earlier Principal Secretary of the Housing Department, he said construction of houses in slums could be taken up in phases under 22.75 per cent scheme and the Central and State government housing schemes.

He urged the citizens to cooperate with the BBMP while stating that he would get tough with tax defaulters.

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