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Rau makes a promising start

Afshan Yasmeen and S.Rajendran

He is confident of taking the city to greater heights in terms of infrastructure



BEGINNING A NEW INNINGS: Dilip Rau (centre), Principal Secretary, who took over as the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Administrator in Bangalore on Thursday, being felicitated by the outgoing Mayor Mumtaz Begum (right) and BMP Commissioner K. Jairaj. & #151; Photo: K. Gopinathan

Afshan Yasmeen

and S.Rajendran

BANGALORE: The new Administrator of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), Dilip Rau, on Thursday exuded confidence of taking the city to greater heights in terms of better infrastructure.

Mr. Rau told The Hindu soon after taking charge, "it is a challenging assignment and a great honour to function as Bangalore's Administrator. I am confident of putting in my best".

With the term of the BMP Council coming to an end, the State Government appointed Mr. Rau as the city's 24th Administrator.

A few days ago, the Government had short-listed three senior IAS officers — Additional Chief Secretary A.K. Agarwal, Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Ramesh Kumar and Mr. Rau for the post.

Sources told The Hindu that Mr. Rau was chosen in preference to Mr. Agarwal because the latter was next in the line for the post of Chief Secretary.

Chief Secretary Malathi Das (sister of Mr. Rau) is due to retire in a few weeks.

With the State Government having notified for the formation of Greater Bangalore, Mr. Rau has a big challenge ahead.

He would be in total control of the BMP for at least a few months since the delimitation exercise of forming new wards was yet to be initiated. Elections to the civic body are expected in April 2007.

Right from day one, the pressure would be on Mr. Rau to deliver the goods given the fragile infrastructure of the city, poor garbage clearance and bad roads. The last two Administrators — A. Ravindra and P.S.S. Thomas — were appointed when H.D. Deve Gowda was the Chief Minister. It was the turn of his son H.D. Kumaraswamy to opt for the appointment of an Administrator.

Plea dismissed

The Karnataka High Court dismissed the petition of the former Mayor of Bangalore P.R. Ramesh who had pleaded for early elections to the BMP Council.

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