Chief Minister HD Kumarasway met Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy to discuss infrastructure development issues in Bengaluru.
The Chief Minister sought Narayana Murthy's guidance on forming an expert committee to look into the problems related to infrastructure and waste management in the city.
The proposed committee will meet once every two months to review their progress. CM Kumaraswamy met Narayana Murthy at his residence for a detailed discussion on the topic of Bengaluru's development.
"I have been keenly following you and I appreciate your concern for the welfare of the society and farmers in particular," he said referring to Kumaraswamy's visit to Israel to learn about successful farming techniques in the country.
Narayana Murthy also urged the Chief Minister to take the large number of NGOs operating in the city on development issues into confidence while planning and implementing urban development projects.
This is not the first time a Chief Minister has sought help in urban governance. Agenda for Bangalore's Infrastructure and Development Task Force (ABIDe), an initiative of the Yeddyurappa government was constituted in 2010 and worked in conjunction with the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to design and implement civic and infrastructural projects.
Though the committee was chaired by the Chief Minister, activities were planned by ABIDe. It had formulated several draft reports and blueprints in the areas of governance, road traffic management, transportation, urban poor, and public security.
The meeting with Narayana Murthy comes amid a slew of meetings held by CM Kumaraswamy. A meeting with farmer group leaders across the state on Wednesday was followed by meeting with government officials from various departments on Thursday.
This comes even as CM Kumaraswamy is yet to reach a consensus on the cabinet portfolios including the post of Bengaluru Development Minister that the Congress is reportedly eyeing.