Mayor wants 20-month tenure

11-month term is not enough to implement plans: Murthy

Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy said on Saturday that the stint of the Mayor should be increased to 20 months on the lines of the zilla and taluk panchayat presidents, instead of a mere 11 months.

Speaking to reporters at the 'Meet the Press' programme organised by the Press Club of Bangalore, Murthy expressed dissatisfaction over the short tenure given to mayors, saying the term was not enough to implement his or her plans for the City.

Murthy said, “There should be uniformity in the tenure of the head of elected representatives in local bodies like panchayats and municipal corporations.

It is not proper that the panchayat presidents get 20 months, while mayors are given only 11 months. I will write to the government requesting it to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, so that the tenure of a mayor can be increased from 11 to 20 months.”

Regarding infrastructure developments in the City, the Mayor said the BBMP had opened a public private partnership cell, which would coordinate with national and international firms to plan projects on PPP basis. The Palike was coordinating with 12 firms.

The projects undertaken on PPP basis include waste-to-energy, construction of bus shelters, lake development, construction of toilets and creating infrastructure for dump yards.

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