Members of the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) on Friday, urged city MLAs to involve them in the City Development Plan (CDP) meeting.
Representing the RWA, Citizen’s Action Forum’s president N S Mukunda urged MLAs to consider their opinion while framing the CDP for Bangalore. “Do not ask experts while framing the CDP. They suggest that foreign models be adopted. But, in our country, we face different kinds of problems. Involve us,” he said.
Referring to the recent CAG report which noted the misuse of funds in city corporations and municipalities, he urged action be initiated against those responsible for it.
Speaking on the government’s role, Mukunda said there is no proper structure. “As per the 74th Amendment of the Constitution, 18 powers and responsibilities are given to the city corporation by the state government. Water supply is one of it”, he said.
The BWSSB officials are not accountable to councillors or the corporation. This is also one of the reasons that contributes to the increasing water woes,” he said.
Further, Mukunda held BWSSB responsible for mixing of sewage with rain water.
More than 300 RWAs prepared a charter which was presented to all MLAs present on the day. Voluntary disclosure of utilisation of public money, including MLA funds and corporator’s funds were some of them.
“MLAs should disclose the progress report of development works in their constituency, taken up under MLA’s funds. Public services like BBMP, BDA, BWSSB, BESCOM must be available in all 198 wards,” he said.