V. Ravichandar

Will banning vehicle purchase fix it?

The transport minister has proposed banning new vehicle purchase sans proof of parking availability. Will this work as a fix for our overcrowded city traffic? Unlikely.

27 Jun 2018

Thinking road improvments in consistent manner

Roads were in the news again. BBMP has put out an estimate of 6,000 potholes as per their one square metre, depth unknown definition.

20 Jun 2018

Potholes: Here to stay like cockroaches

There is the classic question about the chicken and the egg – which came first? The same could be asked of potholes and roads! Our untarred road sections resemble the Mars landscape and tarred road de

12 Jun 2018

Expert committees as problem solvers

Last week the CM met with Narayana Murthy. An Expert Committee is to be set up to address problems related to Infrastructure and Waste Management in Bengaluru.

05 Jun 2018

A directly elected mayor as magic pill is a mirage

Shane Watson won it for Chennai Super Kings over the weekend. What chances of his pyrotechnics working if he was sent out to bat with a hockey stick instead of a cricket bat? Zilch you would say. We h

29 May 2018

Multiple corporations bring elected reps, citizens closer

Coalition governments need a framework for governance that the partners agree on. They start with a CMP, also known as ‘Common Minimum Programme’. The ‘M’ should stand for Maximum

22 May 2018

Messy civic works with no scientific planning  in city

Over the last few months, some central city areas have been witnessing civic works, the quality of which seems to pre-date the high standards of Mohenjo Daro construction standards.

15 May 2018

Bringing all civic agencies under one ‘czar’

The two major parties, Congress and BJP, have put out their manifestos. They have made specific promises for Bengaluru.

08 May 2018

Transparency between citizens,officials needed

Last Sunday, one had occasion to moderate five MLA candidates from the major parties for the Mahadevpura constituency organized by Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) such as Whitefield Rising and oth

01 May 2018

What do civil society apartments in Bengaluru want?

Last weekend one had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion among the major political parties in Bengaluru about the key demands of the Bengaluru Apartments Federation (BAF).

24 Apr 2018

More we get candidates to commit now, greater chances for better outcomes

It’s election time, and one is reminded about the classical Sound of Music song about Maria – ‘how do you solve a problem like Maria, how do you catch a cloud and pin it down …… how to

17 Apr 2018

We need a ‘chowkidar’ for our cities

Globally, city-regions are the new mantra in urban development.

11 Apr 2018

Elections has citizens hoping political parties will find common ground  

Since the election dates announcement, we are witnessing a flurry of TV programs with a lot of sound and fury, but little substance that differentiates the parties.

03 Apr 2018

‘Need to hug vulnerable pedestrian to encourage use of public transport’

Last week, the cause of pedestrians received a big boost. It started with a tweet by the well-known industrialist Anand Mahindra who tweeted to his 6.5 million followers acknowledging th

27 Mar 2018

To get jobs done, fine slippery civic agencies

Most civic needs of a citizen depend on multiple authorities. It needs the  government agencies like Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Bengaluru Electri

20 Mar 2018