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  1. It is unfortunate that a senior member like A.Ravindra thinks public hearings are not needed as ‘people come up with personal objections’. While this is probably true, it does sound like a statement from a hierarchical culture. In the absence of a public hearing, it is much easier for people with personal agendas to manipulate the system. With a public hearing, at the least, a. everybody has a forum to express their views and b. personal agendas come out into the open so that others can be warned and c. the ward committees get inputs as to what the people want and why. As this democratic and participatory process matures, I am sure more and more people will be able to participate in a relevant way. To deny this is to not allow the process to mature.

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