Welcome Bangalore South!
So, how did you like Bangalore South!? I am referring to the new name HDK suggested for Ramanagaram district.
We can criticize this on a few counts. Why not Bengalooru South? Using word ‘Bangalore’ to name a new district, doesn’t that contradict last year’s renaming drama that seemed to say, “I don’t care about brand Bangalore”? You can also say – “ha, see how much attention CM’s constituency is getting”! True, wish all regions of Karnataka got similar love and care. Another criticism I have heard is, “talk is cheap, just a new name is not enough”. Last, the name does confuse – How many Bangalore Souths can we have?
Alright alright. But I tell you this. These plans to develop peripheral and satellite areas of Bangalore are the only ones you should pin your hopes of rosy future on. Assuming the land acquisition issues can be sorted in politically correct ways – that is a tough job BTW – anything the state government can do to re-plan our city to be bigger and to spread around its new found prosperity should be welcome. The city as it exists today was not designed for these many people, period. Create 5-6 new job centers, connect them really well (those new ring roads), and have good norms for land development. This is what BMRDA is trying as I see it.
One thing I hope for though is this. Those new SEZs (the one already announced at Nandagudi, some to be announced soon at other satellite regions), and these plans for developing Ramanagaram and Bidadi – hope all this fits in some grander scheme of things on BMRDA’s mind. BMRDA shouldn’t become just one of the agencies facilitating development of Greater Bangalore. It should be *the* nodal agency to see to it that Greater Bangalore turns out to be a nicer city.
While I am at it, one more point on satellite towns. I see talk of good new roads. Great. But so far, not much on public transport front. Does anyone see the need for a BMRTA? This Metro Regional Transport Authority could be the nodal agency sitting on top of BMTC, Metro and Railways in the region (why not?) to ensure public transport plans are lot more than just highways and elevated expressways.