Work together to walk ahead, say experts

Call for integrated approach by institutions

Speaking at a round table on ‘Challenges of Rapid Urban Growth: Readiness of Critical Infrastructure in Urban mega-centres’, Singh laid emphasis on the fact that organisations or institutions cannot work independent of each other. He pointed out that “Even though maintaining traffic falls under the jurisdiction of the police, it cannot be successfully be implemented without the support of other agencies like the Urban Planning Department, BBMP, et al.”

Similarly, he said the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), BESCOM among others, must all work in tandem.

Affects Police department

“Where do your flyovers come up, how are the bus shelters planned, what kind of road safety education a City has been provided with, all these aspects affect the functioning of Police department in one way or the other,” he said.

Speaking on bus stand coming up at places which are not suitable for such structures (Mysore Road bus stand for instance) create traffic problems. Even though maintaining traffic is our job, isn’t planning bus stands at appropriate places somebody else’s, he asked.

Further, TeamLease Chairman Manish Sabharwal, speaking about the impact of inadequate infrastructure on the labour market, said: “Infrastructure, especially soft infrastructure makes the difference between a good labour force and otherwise.”

He said there needs to be a greater focus on employability, shifting attention from just employment, and that infrastructure is vital for this transition.

Echoing the views were Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harward Business School Tarun Khanna and Aromar Revi from the Indian Institute of Human Settlement.


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