BENGALURU: After a wait of two months since its formation, New Thippasandra ward committee members will meet with corporator Shilpa Reddy to discuss the funds received by the ward and ongoing developmental works. The meeting is slated to be held this week.This comes following a City Express story titled "Ward committees a 'joke'" published on September 14, which highlighted the works that were stalled in ward number 58, over an inactive ward committee.
The ward members who were nominated as people's representatives
attributed their inactivity over the corporator's unwillingness to host a meeting with them.
The committee members had previously told City Express that they were awaiting a formal meeting to understand their roles and duties in the group. An official communication from the corporator's office was made to the ward members, announcing its first meeting with Shilpa. "Members were notified on the committee's WhatsApp group," says Minakshi Prabhu, resident in the area.
Jayashree Ganesha, New Thippsandra ward committee member confirms that the office also circulated a list of the members in the committee and asked for their participation in the meeting.
Corporator Shilpa told City Express that while there was a two-month delay in hosting the meeting, she will not stall it any further.
"Our office is in touch with the ward committee members and we will discuss with them on what day and time suits the members best to ensure maximum participation," says Shilpa.
The corporator adds that the tentative date for the meeting falls on September 20
(Wednesday).Previously, residents had complained that despite the ward committee having been formed through a democratic process, it remained dysfunctional. Several ward members also complained of lack of transparency on the funds received by the ward and the ongoing project. "Without a meeting with the corporator, how do we get to know on what sum of money is being used for which project," a ward committee member said on condition of anonymity