Agency for development of Bangalore planned

BANGALORE, JUNE 16. The State Government plans to establish a Bangalore Metropolitan Development Council or some such organisation to function as an apex body for the overall and orderly development of Bangalore.

A Cabinet sub-committee, headed by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr. D.B. Chandre Gowda which met on Friday, held the first round of discussions on the broad outlines of the proposed new organisation. A suggestion was made that the organisation should be headed by the Chief Minister, who could provide the required authority for undertaking several schemes for the planned growth of the City and its infrastructure.

The sub-committee at its next meeting would consider whether to introduce the "Mayor in Council" type of administration for the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike on the lines of the Calcutta City Corporation. The sub-committee would also discuss whether there was a need for the direct election of the Mayor of Bangalore as in Chennai. The sub-committee would also be deliberating on the future of several government agencies functioning in Bangalore, including BWSSB, KPTCL and the Slum Clearance Board. A proposal to merge seven town municipal councils located around Bangalore with the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike would also be deliberated upon by the sub-committee.

The subject of raising or mobilising resources for the development of infrastructure would also be discussed. Prof. B.K. Chandrashekar, Minister of State for Information, Mr. D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Cooperation, Mr. A. Krishnappa, Minister for Animal Husbandry, and Mr. Mallikarjuna Nagappa, Minister of State for Urban Development are the members of the sub-committee.