State capital to move to Kundapura !!
In what is being hailed as an unprecedented and possibly bold move, Chief Minister Mr Kumaraswamy has announced what he calls his master stroke to solve Bangalore’s congestion problems. Some Metbloggers (Ravi, Rajesh, myself) called on Mr CM to hear him in person to know more.
MB > Could you describe this better Mr CM?
HDK > It is simple. You all want us to do two big things. One, manage Bangalore’s growth better. Two, spread Bangalore’s prosperity around in Karnataka.
MB > So how do you plan to do that?
HDK > We are shifting Karnataka’s state capital to a small town on other side of the state called Kundapura. That should divert some growth out of Bangalore to that relatively untouched corner of Karnataka. Two birds with one stone you see.
MB > How did you get such a bold and inspirational idea?
HDK > I was reading a nephew’s history textbook when I read about Muhammad Bin-Tughlaq. And I thought why not, after all we read history to learn and get inspirations, alva?
MB > So what are the dates like?
HDK > I have already shifted my brother (Mr Revanna)’s offices to Kundapura. He will personally supervise construction of a greenfield capital city in nearby villages there. I will be making daily helicopter trips to keep tab on all the work. I expect the project to be completed by end of 2008.
MB > Wait a sec. Granted this is not West Bengal, but wont it be a problem to acquire land around Kundapura for this city?
HDK > Aiyo, not to worry. Revanna, appa and myself already own most of it! We are farmers you know (murmurs – “Buddha is not!”).
MB > Ready by 2008, and then?
HDK > We will have a naming ceremony for the new city in Dec 2008. Suggestions for name will be invited on a website (He quipped – “please vote for Kuma-Reva City, just kidding!”). And then, by middle of 2009, we will move all state government offices to the new capital. See, I have started it and Yedi will finish the job. That is called coalition!
MB > But why do you have to move? Bangalore’s congestion was caused by the IT companies.
HDK > I know that. But let the IT-BT companies and bloggers struggle and manage this city. I want to live in a nice, new and peaceful place. I think Kundapura is that place. Masses will move with me.
This is all we could manage. It was time for Janata Darshan, and HDK had no more time left for us. So here it is folks, the breaking news for April 1, 2007!