‘Civic body spending crores on landscaping and beautification'
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has spent Rs. 746.78 lakh on sinking 233 borewells; Rs. 412.85 lakh on construction of 145 watchmen sheds; Rs. 441.94 lakh on 5,209 park benches; Rs. 107.78 lakh on 2,030 dustbins in parks; Rs. 547.5 lakh on 185 gazebos…
M. Nagaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the BBMP Council, pointed out several such expenditures over “park components” by the civic authority's Horticulture Department. He charged that the officials had squandered public money by spending unnecessarily on beautification materials in various parks.
The issue was discussed in detail by several councillors who also opposed the “wasteful expenditure” on landscaping and beautification of city's parks.
Commissioner Siddaiah said that the BBMP was now giving thrust to tree parks, instead of landscaped parks. He said that this was essential as the city had lost its green cover to various development projects. “We are already facing water shortage and landscaped parks require a lot of water. The Council and Mayor may take a decision on the same,” he said.
Chairperson of the Standing Committee for Horticulture K. Ranganna claimed that around 50 parks across the city lacked maintenance and demanded funds.
Earlier, Janata Dal (S) councillors entered the Council hall wearing Gandhi caps. Each cap had a different message. JD(S) Floor Leader Padmanabha Reddy said that the BJP with its maladministration was cheating people. “Though we have brought to light several irregularities that were committed during the Administrator's period, no action has been taken. The issues must be investigated by the Lokayukta,” he said.
Later, soon after the suspension of 15 MLAs was recommended in the Legislative Assembly, Congress and JD(S) councillors in the BBMP raised slogans against the BJP Government and staged a walk-out. The BJP councillors continued the meeting in their absence and even passed the subjects.