Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Participants at a public consultation on the draft Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority Act on Wednesday stressed the need for more public participation, including that of elected representatives from the affected localities, in finalising the Act. Some of them also suggested that the BMLTA should also comprise elected representatives apart from bureaucrats.

Speaking at the meeting here, Vinay Sreenivasa of Hasiru Usiru said that there might be conflict in the roles of the authority if powers were not properly delineated. “If the local government, for instance Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, differs with the authority, what will be the solution?”

Authority Commissioner Mohammed Mohsin said that the Government always had the power to overrule palike's decision. Mr. Sreenivas urged the authority to give more time to the people to respond to the draft Act; to provide the draft Act in Kannada; hold public consultation in all the impacted areas and to ensure that such consultations were attended by elected representatives of those areas. The authority's jurisdiction was not just confined to Bangalore city or BBMP, but had been extended to the Bangalore Metropolitan Region that included neighbouring districts too, he said. Another citizen wondered when the proposals of the authority would be implemented.

“We have been hearing and reading many proposals, including parking policy, pedestrian safety and other measures, of the authority. But nothing has come into action,” he said.

To this, Mr. Mohsin said that the parking policy was awaiting the Cabinet nod, while the rest of the proposals would gradually be implemented.