'People's role must to improve urban governance'

 The magnitude of corruption has exploded in the last three decades and huge amount of money that was looted from the exchequer could have funded major schemes for the poor, said former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on Thursday.

Delivering the keynote address for a panel discussion on 'Consumer to Citizen: Engagement in Urban Governance’, Justice Hegde said, “The success of protests against steel flyover give hope that people were ready to engage with a sustained dialogue with government to prevent wrong moves.”

Mark Atherton, Director of Environment for Greater Manchester, UK, said Bengaluru and Manchester share similar challenges and problems.

“We need to recognise that a city’s development is transit-oriented. Transport is a major problem for all major cities and the solution is in providing a reliable public transport system,” Atherton said.

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