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Better roads, Mayor's priority

BANGALORE, NOV. 29. Better roads, cleanliness, coordination between service providers and more welfare programmes for the backward classes and minorities are the priorities of the new Mayor, R. Narayanswamy.

Addressing presspersons for the first time after assuming charge here today, Mr. Narayanswamy said traffic decongestion and upgrading roads and footpaths topped his agenda. "I will hold monthly review meetings and ensure that the targeted work is completed on time," he said.

To queries, he said he would immediately discuss the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BMP's) financial situation with its Commissioner, K. Jothiramalingam, and work out modalities to plug loopholes in the collection of property tax.

On infrastructure projects, Mr. Narayanswamy said he would hold meetings with the officials concerned and ensure that work on the projects was expedited.

On foreign tours, he said : "I am not interested in going on foreign jaunts unless I am convinced that the visit will be of help to our city."

He said he could not speak much on the BMP's affairs as he was yet to get acquainted with the system.

The Deputy Mayor, N. Shantakumari, said she would work in coordination with the Mayor and BMP officials for a better city.

Dharam Singh congratulates Mayor

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has congratulated Mr. Narayanswamy and Ms. Shantakumari on being elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor, respectively.

Mr. Narayanswamy (45), who is from a Scheduled Caste, represents the HMT ward in North Bangalore. He is a first-time corporator. Ms. Shantakumari (33), who is from a backward class, represents Moodalpalya. This is her second term as a corporator. She is the 43rd Deputy Mayor as C. Bhaskaran was elected to the post after the death of D. Thamayya in 1965.

Of the 139 members of the BMP Council (100 corporators, 12 MLAs, three Lok Sabha members, seven Rajya Sabha members and 17 MLCs), 92 voted in the Mayor's election and 91 in the Deputy Mayor's election.

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