The city is creaking under the weight of an ever-growing population, unplanned expansion of residential areas, increasing number of vehicles, inadequate drinking water supply and mounting piles of garbage.
The geographic spread of Bangalore has almost tripled — from 226 sq. km in 2001 to around 800 sq. km now — with the merger of seven City Municipal Councils and one Town Municipal Council to form the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
The task of providing infrastructure to keep pace with Bangalore's explosive growth in the past couple of years is turning out to be a challenge for city planners.
The Hindu endeavours to address these issues by linking citizens with the civic authorities through a new monthly forum. We're calling it It's Official where citizens will have the opportunity to interact with agencies such as the BBMP, the Bangalore Development Authority, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company and so on.
We start off with the BBMP and invite our readers to write about the civic problems they wish to highlight, to which the civic agency will respond.
Readers may send in their questions/suggestions/complaints/comments with regard to the BBMP to It's Official, The Hindu, 19 & 21, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road (Infantry Road), Bangalore 560001, or to email@example.com by November 15.
You must include your full address and passport size photograph.
It's Official makes its maiden appearance by the end of the month.