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Discussion: Participants at a workshop held in Gulbarga on Thursday.
Discussion: Participants at a workshop held in Gulbarga on Thursday.

Special Correspondent

A process for all-round development of Gulbarga city

‘Three core areas which need attention to ensure infrastructure development identified’

‘Summits regarding infrastructure development will be held in major cities and towns

GULBARGA: Chief Executive Officer of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat P.C. Jaffer, who is holding the additional charge of Deputy Commissioner, has said the main objective of the Gulbarga Urban Infrastructure Development Endeavour (GUIDE) was to involve stakeholders while preparing an agenda for the all-round development of the city.

Speaking at a workshop organised for the stakeholders, at the Police Training College auditorium here on Thursday, Mr. Jaffer said that it was high time that they took note of the fast changing scenario in urban areas.

He said that if immediate measures were not initiated to keep up with the urban areas, “we would be left behind with regard to development”.

Mr. Jaffer said that all these years the development plans had been prepared based on the funds available without involving the stakeholders in the planning process.

For the first time the State Government had initiated a process of involving stakeholders while preparing the need-based plan.

“Funds should not be a major factor while preparing the plans. Any development plan should be prepared on the needs of the region. Based on the requirement for the execution of the plans, funds should be sought from the Government,” Mr. Jaffer added.

He said that after successfully holding a summit in Bangalore regarding infrastructure development of the city the Government would hold summits in major towns and cities. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa would hold a summit for the infrastructure development of Hubli and Dharwad during his visit to Hubli on Friday. He will chair a summit in Gulbarga city on Saturday.

Mr. Jaffer said that the Government had identified three core areas which needed attention to ensure infrastructure development in urban areas.

They included basic civic services, development of infrastructure for free flow of traffic, improvement of power transmission and transportation, development of existing industries and setting up new industries by improving infrastructure. “We will prepare a prospective plan of development with regard to these core areas for the next 10 years and submit it to Mr. Yeddyrappa on Saturday.”

Earlier, the head of the Geology Department in Gulbarga University R. Nijagunappa, with the aid of satellite images of the city from 1972 to 2008, explained how development plans of the city could be prepared with the help of Remote Sensing Images and Geographic Information System. City Corporation Commissioner Nagappa Sirasagi made the introductory remarks.

Later, the participants were divided into three groups to work on preparing the agenda for the development of Gulbarga city.

Chaos at venue

Chaos prevailed at the venue of the workshop with officials appearing lost in the absence of any senior official or elected representative.

The workshop was scheduled to begin at 9.00 a.m. but it started only at 11.15 a.m.

Cooperation Minister Lakshman Savadi, who is also the district in-charge Minister, was supposed to chair the workshop. However, he failed to turn up. Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belamgi was also absent. No official reason was given for their absence.

Even Mayor Ravindranath Honnalli was absent at the time of the inauguration of the workshop. Mr. Honnalli arrived at the venue 30 minutes after the inauguration. Although invitations were extended to all MLAs, MLCs, MPs, and members of the zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat president and vice-president to participate in the workshop and present their views, none of them were present at the time of inauguration. Gulbarga North Assembly Constituency MLA Qamar ul Islam arrived after the inauguration was over participants had begun discussions.

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