Strategy should be to elevate the stature of the Mayor’s office, take up small but significant set of things that lead to perceptible improvements, and to get citizens involved in local decision making.
Continuous neglect by successive Railway Ministers has led to colossal inefficiencies in the railway operations. Saturation of tracks, trains running late and ultimately decreased revenues on daily basis have been the result.
In a city where eight people on two-wheelers lost their lives in a month to potholes, cyclists are even more vulnerable – they face multiple threats in Bengaluru streets, as Vijay Kundaji’s accident shows.
Bengaluru needs to pay attention to the design of the land – the topography, groundwater recharging capacity, design of the raja kaluves.. and find a way to store water or recharge groundwater, to help mitigate floods.
A developed city is not a place where the poor have cars, but where the rich use public transportation. For this to happen, BMTC must look beyond its own flattering ridership statistics, and try to improve user convenience.