Bengaluru: City-based non-profit organisation Janaagraha has received a boost to its initiative ‘Blueprint for Bengaluru’ with district-in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy giving his nod to the initiative. The organisation is extensively holding interviews and collating information to draw a road map for city’s development.
In the last two months, over 700 odd people from different segments of the society have been interviewed. The organisation will then prepare guidelines and issues to focus for the government based on the responses collected through the survey.
Among several questions posed to the respondents online are: “On a scale of 10, how would you rate the quality of life in Bengaluru?”, “Would you recommend Bengaluru as a place to settle for your friend/ colleague?”, “What is the highest priority issues affecting the quality of life in Bengaluru- options are- Crime & Safety, Health, Education, Environment, Mobility, Real Estate, Poverty, Solid Waste Management, Power, Culture and Heritage and Trade”.
While the organisation is still in the process of collecting information, Anil of Janaagraha said that in the next 30-45 days, the issues could be broad based, helping the organisation understand the key problems in the city.
“We are collating inputs and never before have voices of different segments been brought on the same platform to create a road map for the city. We are also holding discussions with resident welfare associations and other citizen groups and the focus is to find solutions which are more robust,” said Mr Anil.
He maintained that some of the MLAs and MPs had positively responded to the initiative in their personal capacity but so far there was no development at the government level.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mr Ramalinga Reddy said that the government was open to the suggestions of the organisation and would hold a presentation before the Chief Minister.
“The government spends money on city’s development and suggestions by organisations like Janaagraha could help us spend money in the right direction for the right cause. Adopting these suggestions made by the organisation may not necessarily mean the government will have to spend extra money on city’s infrastructure. Hence, we will review their suggestions and take it before the CM,” he assured.