Outgoing BBMP Commissioner H Siddaiah said there is a need to strengthen the Technical Vigilance Cell under Commissioner (TVCC) for the benefit of BBMP.
Speaking to reporters on his last day as Commissioner of BBMP, Siddaiah said he felt bad when N Devaraj, who was heading TVCC, applied for VRS.
“The way he (Devaraj) was treated in the council meeting, I felt bad. Our officials need security,” he said.
He also urged the new commissioner to appoint an equally efficient and honest official to head the TVCC. “There is a need for efficient working of the TVCC,” he felt.
Siddaiah said Mandur villagers will not protest against using the landfill near their village for next one year. “Earlier, we had sought nine months time, but due to elections, we had to approach them again and convince them to give more time,” he said.
They have agreed. We have provided them required infrastructure, water supply and chemicals are sprayed,” he said.
‘BBMP Should be Bifurcated’
Siddaiah said that with huge geographic area of the BBMP limits and population exceeding more than 1 crore, there is a need to divide the BBMP like Delhi and Mumbai corporations.
“It is a Herculean task to maintain Bangalore with one Corporation and one commissioner. This is purely my personal opinion based on my experience,” he said.
Siddaiah’s last few minutes at work
■ Hundreds of BBMP staff entered the Commissioner’s chamber in a queue to give him flowers
■ Siddaiah was felicitated with Mysore ‘peta’ and shawl
■ Siddaiah handed over cheque of `1 lakh to relatives of Chandana, an athlete who was injured after a tree fell on her recently
■ When media wanted to interact with the new Commissioner Lakshminarayana, there was disturbance due to the people present there. In spite of repeated pleas to maintain silence, chaos prevailed. But when Siddaiah just gave a command, the entire hall became silent for few minutes