BBMP to have 10 zones soon for better administration: Development minister

Initiative aimed at better administration; 4,000 more pourakarmikas to be recruited.

Published: 06th November 2016 02:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th November 2016 02:49 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Very soon, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be divided into ten zones from the existing eight zones. This is aimed at better administration, said Bengaluru Development Minister K J George.

After BMP became BBMP in 2007, five new zones were added to the old three zones. However, the number of wards in each zones varied from 11 to 44 and this uneven number of wards caused inconvenience in administration.

Speaking at the BBMP Janaspandana, a public grievances meeting, here on Saturday, George, said “A proposal was made to the state government to have uniform zones with equal number of wards, which has been approved and it will be done,’’ he said.

On the occasion, George said in the coming days, public grievances meetings will be conducted in all the zones. He also directed city MLAs and councillors to conduct ward and assembly constituency-level grievances meets.

On recruitment of pourakarmikas, he said they are recruiting about 4,000 pourakarmikas. “Existing contract pourakarmikas will be given priority,’’ he added.

George further said they are procuring mechanical sweeping machines that will be used to keep heavy traffic roads and flyovers clean. He also said that in commercial areas, big dustbins will be kept to keep the area clean. He promised to close down hazardous quarry pits and construct more toilets in the coming days.

Regarding those who lost houses in the storm water encroachment removal drive, George said they will be provided BDA flats on priority, especially the poor. Talking about city development, George said they will earmark space for playgrounds, tree park and hospital in each ward. Later, when a few people requested George to relax penalty for paying late tax, George directed the Commissioner to check on it.

Some residents of Shanthinagar and Banaswadi complained that they were getting contaminated water for the past six months. He assured them that the problem will be sorted out.

The next time you litter public places, think twice. BBMP is planning to have Clean-Up marshals across Bengaluru who will keep an eye on those who litter, said BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad. The issue will be brought before the BBMP Council meeting and later sent for approval from the state government. The commissioner further said they are calling for fresh tenders for roadside parking soon.

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