As a guardian MP of Bengaluru, I have been a vociferous advocate of
planned, intelligent solutions for the varied problems a fast-growing metropolis like
this city faces. There is a strong need for the devolution of power to evolve
governance reforms based on citizen-centric decision making. I have been vocal
about the need for greater transparency and accountability in governance institutions
and public authorities alike.
We need to get out of this mess and change the direction the city is going in. The
starting point is to clearly understand why we have reached this point. We can argue
that it has been the failure of government and bureaucracy.
In Bengaluru, over the last 15 years, there has been a coming together of politicians,
bureaucrats, and a certain number of businesses (builders, contractors and others)
through an unholy sort of alliance. You can call them vested interests. The taking
over of policymaking by this group is at the heart of things (of where we are today).
This is the very reason why we are yet to find a multi-year city development plan.
Vested interests do not like statutory plans. They like adhocism, administrative
distribution, contracting discretions.