Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake today said that a new Urban Development Policy in the State is on the anvil.

Addressing the media before holding a review meeting at MCC Old Council Hall, Sorake said he would personally visit the City Corporations and other Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to gain first hand information of their functioning rather than sitting in Bangalore and seek information from officials.

Pointing out that the urban population had increased by over 38 % as per the 2011 census, Sorake said a comprehensive and integrated Urban Development Policy will be framed keeping in mind provision for necessary infrastructure that included proper sanitation, drinking water and other utilities.

Referring to the Mayoral elections, the Minister said the ULB polls held three months ago was based on 2001 census. Now the report on census-2011 has come and both will be taken into consideration while announcing the reservation roster. Also, legal hurdles will be removed and the SC order on 50 per cent reservation for women will be taken into account, he remarked.

Clarifying that the Congress Government will continue the Rs. 100 crore annual special grant to MCC announced by the previous BJP government, he said the government has received the CAG report on ULBs in which it has highlighted misuse of funds in several cases.

The Minister said that his department will take necessary steps to ensure that the funds allotted to Corporations and other ULBs are utilised properly.

Referring to R.K. Narayan’s house and Lansdowne building, Minister Sorake said he would inspect both the buildings later in the day. All efforts will be made to ensure that the two buildings will be renovated by government bodies, the plans for which will be worked out.

Announcing that numerous objections had been received on MUDA’s Master Plan for the city, the Minister said that all objections and suggestions will be taken into consideration and necessary changes incorporated.

Dy. Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda, who is also the MCC Administrator, MCC Commissioner P.G.Ramesh, MLAs Vasu, M.K.Somashekar and G.T. Devegowda, MLC Sandesh Nagaraj and other officials were present.

Secretary mistaken for Minister !

In a unique case of mistaken identity, the Congress workers garlanded Principal Secretary of Urban Development P.N. Srinivasachary mistaking him for Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake when the former arrived at MCC to attend a meeting this morning.

Meanwhile, one Basavanna, a local Congress leader even presented a memorandum to Srinivasachary urging him to consider his name for nominating him to MUDA or a Board or a Corporation. After realising his mistake, Basavanna is learnt to have taken back his memorandum from the Secretary.

It is interesting to note that all these things happened even as the Minister was yet to reach the MCC premises for the meeting.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore