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June 21, 2014 Shri. K. Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore 560001 Dear Shri. Siddaramaiah ji, Subject: Follow up on our several memoranda for the improvement of quality of life of citizens of Bangalore City We have been writing to you very regularly on various matters in Bangalore City that require urgent and immediate attention. While we commend the Government on some of the measures such as completion of the road to International airport, commencement of work under Tender Sure and keeping the city open till 1 am, there are several other representations made by us and agreed by you that are pending action. This is making the day to day life of Bangaloreans extremely difficult and challenging. Development of the city’s infrastructure and attracting investment and jobs is central to Karnataka’s economic future. As B.PAC has repeatedly emphasized earlier, there is a crying need for citizens, government, political leadership, civic bodies, other parastatal agencies and other stake holders to come together and address them on a war footing. Bangalore contributes a large share of taxes to the state Exchequer and unless we keep this momentum up by investing in the city’s development, our rural areas and villages will suffer. With all the measures that B.PAC has been suggesting time and again, we have a unique opportunity to make Bangalore the best city in the country in all aspects – Safety Index, Human Quality Index, Entrepreneurial activity, Investment Climate etc. Therefore, addressing the challenges of Bangalore is not to be seen as an elitist endeavor but to be viewed as a pillar of inclusive growth and an economic imperative for augmenting the State’s finances. Sir, we at B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), have met with you, the Minister for Bangalore, the Home Minister, the Chief Secretary, the Police Commissioner several times with suggestions on various matters. B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), a nonpartisan “not for profit” citizen’s group that aims at strengthening the democratic process through better governance and transparency and greater citizens’ engagement with the political leadership, requests your

Critical Issues Plaguing Bangalore: B.PAC’s letter to the Karnataka CM

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This letter was sent by B.PAC to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri K. Siddaramaiah on June 21st, 2014. This serves as a follow up on our several memoranda for the improvement of quality of life of citizens of Bangalore City.

Text of Critical Issues Plaguing Bangalore: B.PAC’s letter to the Karnataka CM

  • June 21, 2014 Shri. K. Siddaramaiah, Honble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore 560001 Dear Shri. Siddaramaiah ji, Subject: Follow up on our several memoranda for the improvement of quality of life of citizens of Bangalore City We have been writing to you very regularly on various matters in Bangalore City that require urgent and immediate attention. While we commend the Government on some of the measures such as completion of the road to International airport, commencement of work under Tender Sure and keeping the city open till 1 am, there are several other representations made by us and agreed by you that are pending action. This is making the day to day life of Bangaloreans extremely difficult and challenging. Development of the citys infrastructure and attracting investment and jobs is central to Karnatakas economic future. As B.PAC has repeatedly emphasized earlier, there is a crying need for citizens, government, political leadership, civic bodies, other parastatal agencies and other stake holders to come together and address them on a war footing. Bangalore contributes a large share of taxes to the state Exchequer and unless we keep this momentum up by investing in the citys development, our rural areas and villages will suffer. With all the measures that B.PAC has been suggesting time and again, we have a unique opportunity to make Bangalore the best city in the country in all aspects Safety Index, Human Quality Index, Entrepreneurial activity, Investment Climate etc. Therefore, addressing the challenges of Bangalore is not to be seen as an elitist endeavor but to be viewed as a pillar of inclusive growth and an economic imperative for augmenting the States finances. Sir, we at B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), have met with you, the Minister for Bangalore, the Home Minister, the Chief Secretary, the Police Commissioner several times with suggestions on various matters. B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), a nonpartisan not for profit citizens group that aims at strengthening the democratic process through better governance and transparency and greater citizens engagement with the political leadership, requests your
  • immediate intervention in implementing strong and decisive measures to ensure Bangalore truly becomes a Global and Sustainable City through strong infrastructure that is inclusive in character and good governance that attracts investments and creates jobs. Our Agenda for Bangalore (AfB) to make Bangalore one of the best governed cities in the country and our initiatives should be a model for all other cities to emulate. A. URGENT CIVIC ISSUES - Upgrading and developing Bangalore City Monthly review of progress on 10 point program to resolve pressing civic issues in Bangalore city B.PAC vide its earlier letter dated 28th August, 2013 and its letter dated 20th September, 2013 has already submitted a request to your urgent attention to serious infrastructure bottlenecks in the city that are making life for the average citizen of Bangalore a nightmare. We have also earlier requested for a monthly review of all our requests herein for the next 12 months including a review of our previous proposal on 10 Point Program to Upgrade Bangalore City, which included proposals such as Walkers Bangalore, Garbage and Debris Free Bangalore, Sewage Free Lakes in Bangalore and Storm Water Drains, Pot Hole Free Bangalore and Safe Bangalore. This is to ensure progress on all matters is well on track and that appropriate and timely actions are taken. Our earlier letters on critical areas for immediate improvement of civic infrastructure is attached. 1. GARBAGE AND DEBRIS FREE BANGALORE The garbage crisis came to a head in August 2012 and a year and a half later we still find our city filthy with garbage dumps everywhere. Mandur has become a serious health hazard for citizens leading to public outrage and is fast developing into a political embarrassment. We must have a 90 day, time bound clean up drive across the city to get rid of garbage, construction debris and all other litter, supported by strong measures to keep the entire city clean on an ongoing basis, have helpline centers where citizens can call in case they see a garbage menace, insist on source segregation by all, institute strong enforcement measures and stiff penalties for those who litter or do not segregate waste, consistently reduce our landfill size. Metrics related to progress on waste management should be tracked and
  • released to citizens every quarter. We request time bound implementation of the Kasa Mukta program undertaken by BBMP and that the same be extended to all wards of the city. B.PAC is very keen to work with the government to find solutions for the ongoing garbage crisis. We offer the following suggestions. 1. Enforce waste segregation by all citizens and penalize citizens and take penal action against those who do not. Those who segregate their waste must be incentivized by not having to pay the waste management cess. This will bring the 4500 tonnes of garbage that the city generates and sends to the landfill down to 2500 tonnes. 2. Insist that existing apartment complexes also put organic convertors in situ within a time frame of 6 months. 3. Introduce a bill to regulate sending waste from one municipal area to another municipal area 4. All wards to have dry waste collection centers 5.All wards to have in situ organic waste composting centers 6. Empanelled vendors to process wet and dry waste. 7. B.PAC will take a pilot project in Madivala Market by installing the organic waste processing machine and operate it for one month on trial basis after which BBMP can procure the machine and run the processing center. 8. A group of 20 B.CLIP participants from batch 1 have completed their course work and have taken up Waste Management as their project in their respective wards. B.PAC offers to supplement the efforts of the BBMP and request government support to make these projects a success. Our objective is to reduce the waste going to the land fill and encourage insitu processing and reduce health hazard for all the residents close to the landfills.
  • We hope you will look at our suggestions positively and work with B.PAC to restore the past glory of this garden city which is now famous as a garbage city. 2. WALKER'S BANGALORE The footpaths in Bangalore are a nightmare and pose grave risk for young children and the elderly. They are often neither uniform nor continuous with several obstacles hindering accident free walking space for pedestrians. The height between the footpath and the road is often more than 6 inches which makes it difficult for the elderly to get off and onto the footpath. A mega program should be initiated to make Bangalore a walking friendly city over the next 5 years. Each year BBMP should target and ensure 200 Km of well designed, standardised footpaths that are safe and encourage walking in the city. 3. SEWAGE FREE LAKES IN BANGALORE AND STORM WATER DRAINS Since the time Shri. Kempe Gowda established the city; Bangalore has been famous for its lake network. In 1962 the number of live lakes was over 262. It has been steadily coming down with only about 35 in 1985 and 17 as of now. Most of our lakes, ponds and other water bodies are highly polluted. The CAG report on Bangalore has noted that 100 million liters of untreated sewage is let into the rivers and lakes and this highly polluted water, in turn is used for multiple purposes. Rainwater Harvesting is already a mandatory requirement for all citizens. We request that the Government enforce this strictly and impose stiff penalties on all apartments, institutions and citizens not following the norms. From our discussions with water experts familiar with the Bangalore terrain, it is clear that the water shortage in the city can be addressed through a series of comprehensive measures outlined with respect to lake rejuvenation, storm water and sewage treatment and rain water harvesting. Strict enforcement of the law is a must here. A city like Chennai with severe water problems has been able to resolve it with several such decisive measures and citizen compliance.
  • a) We must restore the eco-system of lakes in a time bound, cost effective manner. b) We recommend strong enforcement measures and stiff penalties to individuals and organisations that are found to be polluting our lake systems in any manner or dumping in storm water drains. c) STPs to be installed near the lakes to purify any sewage that is entering the lakes. d) The storm water drain network that connects these lakes should be cleaned up and restored. e) Tank water can be used as a source of drinking water if purified properly. A high level task force consisting of experts and concerned citizens should be setup to ensure this project is well conceived & executed within a defined time frame. 11 of our B.CLIP participants have taken up water, sanitation, lake restoration related projects in their respective wards. B.PAC offers to supplement the efforts of the BBMP and requests government support and active co-operation in making these projects a success. 4. THE 3 ELEVATED AND OTHER ROAD CORRIDORS The time being taken to travel across the city is continuously on the rise. We need to prioritize the fast movement of traffic in key corridors of the city. 3 corridors viz, Silk Board to Hebbal, K R Puram to Yeshwantpur and ITPL to Mysore Road should be taken up on priority and if need be, the option of making them elevated should be considered. These will take care of 60-70% congestion for next 20 years. The access to BIAL from South Bangalore via the NICE Road going through Tumkur Road should be expedited. This will ensure a smoother travel to the airport. 5. POT HOLE FREE BANGALORE Bangalore still has over 18,000 potholes to be filled up. The speed breakers in the city are unmarked and of different shapes and sizes which causing injuries to commuters. We request that a time bound plan for filling potholes and having standardized speed-brakers with adequate illuminated markings be taken up on war footing.
  • 6. Public Transport Namma Metro a) Balance work on Phase 1 must be completed expeditiously. b) Work on Phase 2 must commence immediately. c) Simultaneously bus fleet augmentation of BMTC should be given a priority. d) The number of vacancies in BMTC should be filled up on a priority. 7. ROADS OF BANGALORE A world class city needs a world class road network. We are happy to note that finally work on Tender S.U.R.E in 3 CBD roads has commenced. a) We request you to start work in the other 4 CBD roads where the contract for Tender SURE roads is awarded. The implementation needs to be faster with better inter agency coordination b) We request you to put out the drawing and schematic of proposed 7 Tender S.U.R.E road on the website for citizens. c) The Reach 1 stretch of Namma Metro from MG Road to Byappanahalli was to be Tender S.U.R.E roads and the DPR for this is also available. We request you to invite bids for this stretch. d) We understand that 16 other roads in the city are being upgraded, we request you to ensure that these are complaint with Tender SURE standards. 8. SAFE BANGALORE B.PAC has already given a detailed set of recommendations on making Bangalore a Safe City that would be a model for other cities to emulate. We thank you for your kind response and look forward to working with the government closely on this.
  • 9. REVIVAL OF CUBBON PARK, CITY MUSEUMS AND AUDITORIUMS We thank you for creating the Cubbon Park Management Authority. This would go a long way in including citizens for the revival of Cubbon Park, city museums and auditoriums. We should now actively work towards creating a Museum District around the Cubbon Park Area. We hope all these measures will help Bangalore reclaim its name as city of parks and museums. 10. AFFORDABLE HOUSING With Bangalore continuing to be an employment and opportunity magnet, and a rapidly increasing migratory population, there is an urgent need to attend to the housing needs of the urban poor. For this, we propose that a targeted action plan be put in place to continually create an affordable housing bank aimed at making Bangalore inclusive and Slum Free. We should utilize Rs.300 cr earmarked for EWS housing for 1 slum rehabilitation project immediately. We hope your government will consider these suggestions on high priority give effect to the steps outlined above at the earliest and send a strong message to citizens at large that the government will take all necessary steps to regain the last glory of Bangalore city and position as future destination for all. B. URBAN REFORMS Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons to have fully functional powers We are very enthused by the commitment of the Indian National Congress in their manifesto for the Lok Sabha 2014 titled Your Voice Our Pledge. We invite your attention to para 13 of the manifesto The detailed Action Plan 2014 2019. In this para the Indian National Congress makes a commitment as below:- The Indian National Congress will ensure that Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons have fully functional powers, so that they can operate as Chief Executive Officers of cities with executive powers and responsibilities and not just ceremonial positions. We will also increase the tenure of Mayors.
  • We are delighted to note this commitment. We request you as our Chief Minister to kindly honour the commitment made in the manifesto by introducing a new Law to change the new Governance Architecture for Bangalore City, in pursuance of the commitment made above. We may add here that Dr. K. Kasturirangan Committee Report has also made a similar recommendation to improve the Governance of Bangalore City and B.PAC has already written to you on this subject earlier vide our letter Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons have fully functional powers dated 14th April 2014. By fulfilling the commitment made in the Manifesto, we will ensure that Bangalore gets a new Governance Architecture that will help accelerate growth and help Karnataka reach higher levels. 1. 5 year term of office for the mayor with powers to administer the city Bangalore is a rapidly growing metropolis and its needs are different from other parts of the State requires dedicated attention. As proposed by the Kasturirangan Committee, to enable good governance and administration of the city we must adopt the Mayoral System of Governance where the mayor is directly elected by the people for a term of five years would be responsible for administration and governance of the Bangalore Metropolitan Region. Further as per the recommendations of the committee, we urge that the mayor be assisted by mayoral committee of eight members chosen from among elected and nominated councilors. Establishing a meaningful term of office for the Mayor of the city, the Corporation Commissioner and key civic officials are urgent and important, so that they have adequate time to develop a vision for the city and implement it. The term of 5 years recommended for the Mayor will allow him/her to emerge as a politically accountable leader at local government level with a democratic mandate comparable to political leaders at other levels of government. It is also recommended that the Mayor should be vested with executive powers of the Municipal Government
  • Please have these recommendations implemented at the earliest. 2. MPC and its functioning The Expert Committee on Governance in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region (BMR) and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) also known as the Greater Bangalore Municipal Corporation recognizes the need for a paradigm shift from the previous policy focus on city level urban local government to a metropolitan level institution to enable better strategic planning and co-ordination, and to address Bangalores multiple challenges. In this context, B.PAC congratulates you and your government on notifying the creation of a Metropolitan Planning Committee for the Bangalore region. This step was promised by the Constitution in 1992, but successive governments have failed to make it a reality, although many promised it in their election manifestos. Your government deserves credit for deciding to constitute this body without further delay. As you are aware, Bangalore has struggled with rapid growth in its population during the last two decades, and the resulting pressure on infrastructure, and public services, has been enormous. This could have been avoided in part if there had been a sound and robust planning process. Unfortunately that was not the case. Throughout the state, town planning is weak, and has fallen behind even other states in India. Moreover, many departments and civic agencies make their own plans, without any coherence or collaboration between them. a)Role of MPC : The MPC must integrate and organise these divergent efforts continuously in a seamless manner. The MPC should function as a planner and coordinator of functions of the various existing municipal bodies. In effect, the MPC should have overriding powers over all other plans developed by other State functionaries and local bodies within the wider metropolitan region. The MPC should prepare a Metropolitan budget based on plans and estimates prepared by various stakeholders. The Kasturirangan Committee had recommended the financial power of BBMP must be reviewed comprehensively for maximum autonomy. This must be implemented in letter and spirit.
  • It is all the more important, therefore that the MPC should have appropriate members. We write this to urge you to consider the vital importance of Bangalore to the economy of our state while choosing new members, as well as a Deputy Chairperson. Bangalore is fortunate to have many civil society groups and thinkers who care deeply about the city, and have spent considerable time thinking about its many issues. Two successive task forces of the government (BATF and ABIDe) have put together extensive documentation on the deficits faced by the city and what needs to be done to tackle these. We must now build on this. b) Setting up and constitution of the Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) The functioning of this MPC in a manner that realizes the objectives and role of MPC requires proper constitution of the same consisting of urban experts, planners etc. We suggest below the names of particular individuals who may be considered for appointment to the MPC among the unelected members. Their involvement and participation in the planning of the city can help revive Bangalore. Dr Ashwin Mahesh, former Urban Research Strategist, GoK, and member, ABIDe, and CEO, Mapunity Smt Anita Reddy, Managing Trustee, Association for Voluntary Action and Service Dr Harini Nagendra, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment Mr.Harish Narasappa, Founder, Daksh, and senior partner, Samvad Partners Professor Narendar Pani, National Institute of Advanced Studies Smt Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee, CIVIC Professor T G Sitharam, Indian Institute of Science and Chairman, CiSTUP Mr. V Ravichandar, CMD, Feedback Consulting and member, BATF Mr. B V Naidu, Chairman, Sagitaur Group, and Trustee, Electronic City Industries Association Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, Public policy and Inclusive governance specialist The Bangalore Political Action Committee would be happy to assist and support this effort wholeheartedly.
  • C. STRENGTHENING THE FINANCES OF THE LOCAL BODY AND OTHER CITY AGENCIES Bangalore contributes a large share of taxes to the state Exchequer and unless we keep this momentum up by investing in the citys development, our rural areas and villages will suffer. Therefore, addressing the challenges of Bangalore is not to be seen as an elitist endeavor but to be viewed as a pillar of inclusive growth and an economic imperative for augmenting the States finances. Bangalore faces a serious shortage of finances to keep itself strong in infrastructure, economic activity and public services. Given the importance of the city to the economy of the state, it is important that we should keep this engine of the state running smoothly. A number of proposals for increasing revenue are needed. For instance: 1)The profession tax collected in the city should be earmarked by the State government for the city 2)50% of the stamp duties collected on property transactions in BBMP limits should be given to the city 3)50% of the road tax collected in the BBMP limits should be given to the city D. ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY OF CIVIC AGENCIES Transparency and Accountability is the hall mark of good governance. Public at large must be made aware about the activities that the civic agencies are undertaking, It is important to set measures of success for each of the agencies, and to also have public disclosure of their work, whether in small projects or at the level of achieving an overall vision for the city. We request the following: 1) Public disclosure of expenditure on all projects 2) Public information on all tenders for works executed in the city 3) Regular progress reports on all projects 4) Performance audits of projects undertaken by the officials of BBMP and other parastatals, with scope for citizen feedback 5) CAG audit of the municipal body each year
  • 6) A public accounts committee to be created in BBMP to provide continuous improvement in standards for project execution E. DEVELOPING STRONG INFRASTRUCTURE We need world class infrastructure, if we are to have a world class city. At the moment there are serious deficits in physical infrastructure, knowledge infrastructure, social infrastructure and financial infrastructure, and we must overcome these swiftly. The KIG 20 Report contains a comprehensive proposal for infrastructure development across all sectors was earlier presented to the government and largely accepted. We now call for immediate implementation of the recommendations of the KIG Report. F. MAKING BANGALORE A SAFE CITY There is an alarming rise in crimes such as rape and sexual assault on women all across the country. It is disgraceful, if a large nation such as ours, cannot find effective ways in which to make our cities and our country more secure for our women. There is a crying need for citizens, government, political leadership, civic bodies and other parastatal agencies and other stake holders to come together and address this on a war footing. Our women are being seriously wronged and the inability of our judiciary to act swiftly to mete out justice has only resulted in emboldening the bad elements in our society to take advantage of the situation and attack without any fear. B.PAC has already given a detailed set of recommendations on making Bangalore a Safe City that would be a model for other cities to emulate. Suggested measures to curb violence against women B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), a nonpartisan not for profit citizens group that aims at strengthening the democratic process through better governance and transparency and greater citizens engagement with the political leadership, requests your immediate intervention in implementing strong and decisive measures to ensure safety of women in the state. Our objective should be to make Bangalore one of the safest cities in the country for women and our initiatives should be a model for all other cities to emulate.
  • In order to achieve this objective, we have listed out certain immediate and long term measures with a view to ensuring safety of women in the State. We request the Government of Karnataka to take immediate action with respect to these suggested action items. 1. Stringent laws, special fast track courts and increased judicial capacity a. The Verma Committee Report, headed by the late Honble ex-CJI J.S. Verma, and the Criminal Law Amendment that came out earlier this year have both dealt with the matter in great depth and we strongly recommend strict implementation of the same at the earliest. It has also dealt in detail with conviction for an offence of rape in and term of imprisonment. We insist on strong enforcement measures to ensure citizens and women get back faith in our police system and judiciary to protect them. b. A rape victim cannot wait indefinitely for conviction of the perpetrators. Hence, special courts have to be set up across all districts for such cases and these courts must close the cases within 3-6 months of the charge sheet being filed in the court. Charge sheets should also be filed no later than 30 days after the FIR has been registered- any delay should be explained to the court. These courts must handle all cases of sexual harassment, including eve teasing. c. We recognize that fast track courts can only function effectively if there is an increase in the number of judges. Way back in 1988, the Law Commission of India in its 127th report had recommended that the number of judges per 10 lakh of the population should be at least 100 as compared to the then existing 10 judges per 10 lakh of the population by the year 2000. However, even today India has about 13 judges per 10 lakh of the population. We recommend that Karnataka takes the lead in this and increase the ratio to at least 50 judges per 10 lakh of the population by the year 2018. 2. Staffing of Police station and investigation of crimes against women
  • a) All police stations must have women officers and in any event must mandatorily record any complaint related to sexual violence. All police officers should undergo sensitisation programs so that they are sensitive to the victims predicament and handle the investigations with care, concern and a sense of duty. An FIR is to be lodged within 48 hours and primary investigation to be done to ascertain the veracity of the complaint in that period. The station inspector has to be personally accountable for this. A written report is to be handed over to the complainant by the local police even if the complaint is not found to be correct. Not doing so should result in action against the station inspector, including a jail term and suspension from duty. b) A special- city level (for Bangalore and large cities) and district level for other parts of the State- investigation team must be setup, adequately staffed and funded with equipment, technology and skills, to ensure that all such investigation is scientifically done in the best forensic practices followed worldwide. This team must be entrusted with the task of investigating the complaint as soon as a FIR is filed. c) A separate and more stringent procedure for recording the statement of the victim must be provided for. This may be done without further traumatizing the victim and in the presence of her lawyer/ magistrate in special cases if need be. This measure becomes all the more essential in the wake of the recent Delhi gang-rape incident where there were allegations that the victims statement was tampered with by the police and therefore is a real possibility. d) Night surveillance and patrolling by the police must be intensified in all areas. e) Ensure that the State Police Complaints Redressal Authority, which the state government established in 2011 functions properly. This can be done by funding and staffing the Authority appropriately so that it can commence effective functioning. Currently, majority of the citizens are not even aware of the existence of this Authority.
  • f) Appoint district level ombudsmen focusing only on crimes against women. g) We also suggest to have dedicated women cell at every police station manned by women police officers. We suggest recruiting more women officers in to the force. 3. Special cell and hotline a) The Karnataka State Commission for Women is currently understaffed, underfunded and badly run. The Commission should be professionalized by appointing women who have a track record of working for womens rights and should be empowered with adequate funding and staff to be able to function effectively. A special grievance cell similar to NCW must be set up to address issues from victims during the course of the trial, so that any case of cover up, delay and other mal-practices is addressed. b) A 24/ 7 hotline must be set up with immediate effect to attend to distress calls from women in need of help. This measure has been recently passed by the Delhi Government and has been largely welcomed. 4. Special session of the Legislature We urge you to convene a special session of the Legislature to discuss crimes against women. Apart from approving necessary amendments to the current laws, discussion of this issue in a special session will convey the seriousness and urgency of the issue to the police, the judiciary, the bureaucracy and society at large. 5. Creation of a Database; Use of technology The Verma Committee identified the role of education as crucial and recommended education reforms to incorporate education on gender constructs, recognizing discrimination, reduction of misinformation, sex education and adult education schemes. It also recommended focus on victims of domestic violence, who are frequently impoverished persons and have no other protection except for the State. These recommendations should be implemented forthwith. We suggest that the Government create a database containing information on complaints filed in connection in each police station across the State including details
  • of the accused, progress on the complaints, conviction rates and punishment imposed. This database can include a section on sexual crimes against women. The photographs, names and addresses of all those charged, convicted for such crimes should be available. Technology should be leveraged fully for this purpose. Such a database should be easily accessible by the public through modern technological means. 6. Creation of necessary Infrastructure that enhances safety of women There should be adequate street lighting, plenty of surveillance cameras across, public transportation even late night to ensure safety for women. We should also have restaurants and eating places open so that there is activity on the streets and will act as a deterrent sexual assault. We hope your government will consider these suggestions on high priority, give effect to the steps outlined above at the earliest and send a strong message to citizens at large that the government will take all necessary steps to ensure safety of women, not tolerate these heinous crimes against women and that justice will be swift. We look forward to your support and decisive action in this regard. G. Fast-Track Courts to Decriminalize Politics On March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of India directed in rendering an order in Public Interest Foundation v. Union of India (the SC Order), that in relation to sitting MPs and MLAs who have charges framed against them for the offences which are specified in Section 8(1), 8(2) and 8(3) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, the trial shall be concluded as speedily and expeditiously as may be possible and in no case later than one year from the date of the framing of charge(s). We request that your government sets up fast-track courts with a fixed term of one (1) year to speedily dispose the back-log to effectuate the Supreme Court Order. This, we believe, will take care of the current back-log. Already three out of the twelve months have elapsed.
  • For cases that are charged going forward, we request that the process established by the Order is followed to ensure that there is speedy trial and justice. For your reference, please find attached the following: 1. Copy of the SC Order 2. List of offences to be speedily disposed as per the SC Order 3. Non-comprehensive list of sitting MPs and MLAs from / in the State of Karnataka who have been charged with the above-mentioned offences. We, at B.PAC, appreciate your governments action in relation to setting up fast-track courts to try offences against women and we now request you to set up the fast track courts to enable the Karnataka judiciary to meet the expectations established by the Order. We believe, we have comprehensively laid out a number of governance, safety and urban sustainability measures, which, if implemented in a time bound manner will make Bangalore the leading city in the country and improve the quality of life for every citizen of Bangalore. With warm regards, Yours sincerely, KIRAN MAZUMDAR SHAW T. V. MOHANDAS PAI REVATHY ASHOK President Vice President CEO B.PAC B.PAC B.PAC
  • CC: Shri Ramalinga Reddy Honble Bangalore incharge and Transport Minister Govt of Karnataka Shri KJ George Honble Home Minister Government of Karnataka Shri. Kaushik Mukerjee Chief Secretary Govt of Karnataka Shri. S.K. Patha Nayak Addnl Chief Secretary Home Dept Govt of Karnataka Shri. Ragavendra H Auradkar Commissioner of Police Bangalore City