Bengaluru: Good roads and footpaths are right on top of the list of priorities for Bengalureans, reveals the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy, which collected opinions of the people ahead of the BBMP budget.
Janaagraha’s ‘My City My Budget’ initiative, in collaboration with the BBMP, started collecting inputs from citizens on October 3, providing an opportunity to the citizens to actively participate in the Palike budget process. Citizens were given an option to choose from 11 categories and each category had subcategories with a total of 80 subcategories.
Of the 59,451 inputs received, 38 percent of the citizens voted for good roads and footpaths, while 18 percent demanded priority for health and sanitation, followed by environmental issues getting 12 per cent of votes.
To collect inputs from citizens, the Janaagraha had organised the campaign which ran on three tracks – Budget Bus that travelled through the city, workshops with communities and an online campaign on ichangemycity.com website.
Stating that the BBMP will look into all the requests actively and would include them in the forthcoming budget, Mayor Padmavathi said, “The requests from the MyCityMyBudget initiative is on expected lines as it gives in citizen requests directly to the BBMP without any intermediaries. We would look into all the requests and include them wherever possible”.
Commenting on the suggestions, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said, “We have gone through a cross-section of suggestions, and we find them very useful. Some of them are well thought through and done with diligence and after background research.”...