Interview: Mayor Sharadamma has a vision for Bangalore
Actively involved in public life, Sharadamma P Ramanjaneya, who is the 45th Mayor of the city speaks to MyBangalore.com in this exclusive interview.
Sharadamma P Ramanjaneya, a resident of Abbigere, Chikkabanavara and the BJP corporator from Shettyhalli ward, is the 45th mayor of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and its fifth woman Mayor. From being a house wife to becoming the Mayor of the fastest growing city in India, Sharadamma has indeed come a long way. However, the question doing the rounds is if she is capable enough to handle the administration and governance of a civic body with 198 corporators. Though her detractors seem to say otherwise, Sharadamma is determined to make a difference to the city of Bangalore. In an exclusive interview with MyBangalore.com, Sharadamma talks about her dreams and visions for Bangalore. Below are the excerpts from the interview:
MyB: It’s been a month since you’ve been elected as the Mayor, how has the experience been?
It’s been an eventful month; I’ve been busy working, getting to know the functioning's of BBMP and meeting officials. It’s a huge responsibility and I will give whatever best I can. ‘Jana Seve’ is my first priority. There are many problems dogging the city such as garbage, stray dog menace, polluted lakes, water crisis and flooding during rains but we are working hard to fix these problems. In this year’s budget, I wish to make a difference in this regard. I will also make sure that we’re not running at a loss and the finances are managed well.
As a woman mayor, do you find the role challenging? What is your vision for Bangalore?
It is quite challenging but earlier I was a taluk panchayat member and have held such responsibilities. Also I have worked relentlessly to bring better amenities for the Shettyhalli ward, so I understand how it functions. Though managing 198 corporators is no easy task, I regularly go on inspections, visit wards and have public interactions so that work is done on time. We are taking several measures to make the city a sustainable world class city through initiatives such as city beautification, greening and traffic management and I want Bangalore to the best city in India and have its own identity.
Who do you look up to while taking important decisions?
I take my decisions independently but I will take action after getting advice from Minister R. Ashok and other senior party members. But not all decisions will be taken by him, I will take action depending on the situation.
How prepared is BBMP to face the monsoon season?
We have drawn up a list of areas prone to flooding during rains, to take appropriate measures in time, and also caution residents of those localities. We have identified vulnerable areas in each zone, including zones under Greater Bangalore like Byatarayanapura, Bommanahalli, Dasarahalli, Mahadevapura and Rajarajeshwarinagar. The drains will be constantly de-silted and cleaned so that there is no flooding. Apart from that we will also set up a response team to deal with rain-related problems in the city.
What are some the major problems in Bangalore today and how do you plan to tackle them?
Traffic problem, water shortage and improper disposal of garbage are just some of the main problems in the city today. There definitely seems to be a mafia in garbage collection and there is irregular clearance of garbage. Waste segregation tops the list of our waste management plan. This plan stresses on segregation at source and recycling of waste and we plan to implement it across all the wards in the city soon. Water scarcity can be solved only with the implementation of Cauvery fourth phase, second stage. We also plan to have regular meetings with the Traffic Police to draw measures to ease traffic congestions in certain pockets of the city.
Are you satisfied with the functioning of the BBMP?
There are a lot of non-functional areas in the BBMP and I want to streamline it as soon as possible. Earlier we were getting over 100 grievances in a day but for the last one month, the grievances have come down and we get only 30 to 40 petitions. It is definitely an improvement. There's still a long way to go and laxity of certain officials in doing their duty is something that really bothers me and I plan to take strict action against them.