“Since the CM has just taken over and he has got Bengaluru under his charge, we basically wanted to discuss how to address a lot of the present day challenges we have. It was about all the infrastructure projects that are at various stages and discuss with the Chief Minister how do we complete these on time and how do we improve some of the various aspects of the cities infrastructure and other issues that we are facing in the city,” Shaw, who hosted the lunch meeting with Bommai, told ET. “We had a very good meeting, the basic focus was on the city’s development and infrastructure. How do we make Bengaluru a city of the future?”
Bommai, who took oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister on July 28, retained the portfolios for Bengaluru City Development and Finance when he announced the portfolios for his cabinet on Saturday. His predecessor B S Yeddyurappa had also held these portfolios.
“Thank you @Kiranshaw, it was a constructive lunch meeting with all of you. Had a good discussion on industry and Bengaluru development,” Bommai tweeted after the meeting where the industry leaders discussed how to complete pending projects across the city.
Several parts of Bengaluru has seen infrastructure work such as the Metro project, cementing of roads, building flyovers as well as laying new pipelines for supplying cauvery water.
“It was more of a courtesy meeting with the new chief minister, where we also highlighted the pressing needs of the city,” a participant said. They requested the chief minister, who also holds the portfolio of Bengaluru City development, to speed up the Namma Metro and Smart City project work.
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T V Mohandas Pai, founder of Aarin Capital said Bommai was receptive to their suggestions.
“We requested the CM to help in developing Bengaluru’s infrastructure and for improving the governance of the BBMP to make it more citizen centric. He listened very carefully and said he promised to consider our views and look into it. We are very hopeful that something will be done,” said Mohandas Pai.
Mazumdar-Shaw, who expects a surge in people going back to work due to majority of eligible population having been vaccinated atleast once, said Bommai was aware of the roadblocks in the infrastructure upgrade of the city and sought a few weeks to come back to them on how to solve some of them.
“We did not talk about Covid perse, because it’s already very well managed. As of now, 70% of the eligible population has had one shot and that’s a very good metric. From that point of view I think Bengaluru can resume normalcy in a very short time. No one is saying you need not have covid appropriate behaviour, everyone still needs to mask up and all that. I also think what they’ve done with the weekend curfew is good, because we don’t want to suddenly open up,” she said.
“But the fact is that people are coming back to work and we are also looking at traffic and saying if the roads are not completed, if there’s so much debris lying around, if there’s so many unfinished roads, how do we complete all these projects, that was really the essence of what we discussed in the meeting,” she added.
The discussions included improving connectivity to the airport, improving public transport, creating working zones that will allow people to use public transport, cycling and walking to reach designated places in 15-20 minutes.