Mahadevapura MLA’s ‘task force’ leaves locals divided

Mahadevapura MLA’s ‘task force’ leaves locals divided

Donning an activist's role, Mahadevapura MLA Aravind Limbavali on Saturday formed a task force comprising citizens, officials and experts.

The legislator aims to bring all stakeholders, including residents' welfare associations, on one platform to address the constituency's developmental issues.

The 'Mahadevapura Task Force' would attempt to create a model constituency, where the stakeholders would get together to bring both ongoing and proposed projects to fruition.

The task force assigns about 30 members to seven divisions of activities — traffic and major roads, environment, infrastructure, ward amenities, law and order, social empowerment and public-private projects.

Starting with straightening the traffic issues, the force would soon go on to clear footpath encroachments and solve garbage issues.

There are currently about 221 infrastructure-, 61 traffic and major roads-, 33 PP- and 371 ward amenity-related projects going on in Mahadevapura.

Similar move in 2008 

Residents of Mahadevapura, a ward that saw an upsurge in citizen activism in recent times and set an example for other parts of the city, are divided over the latest initiative.

"A similar initiative was taken up way back in 2008. But it had served no purpose then. We may have to wait and watch how this task force will work and help in resolving the problems we face," said a member of a prominent RWA in Whitefield.

Some citizens applaud the move since it would make bureaucrats and civic authorities more accessible.

"Although citizen forums have been active all this while, there are certain issues that need the support of elected representatives and bureaucrats. Through the task force, we've got the opportunity (to approach them easily)," said Anu Govind from the Doddanekundi Rising team.