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Open dialogue gets thumbs up

Officials, mediapersons, panelists address pressing issues currently facing Delhi.

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2010 01:48 IST
HT Correspondent

More opportunities for women entrepreneurs, inclusive development in the Capital city and participation in the beautification of Delhi, ahead of the Commonwealth Games were some concerns expressed by members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation, Organisation in an interaction with governing body members on Saturday.

The interaction, dubbed ‘Face to Face with Government’ was held at Hotel Le Meridien in central Delhi and was moderated by Yashwant Raj, Resident Editor, Hindustan Times, Delhi.

The interaction, which lasted for three hours, was a platform meant to facilitate open dialogue between members of the FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation), civil society, media persons and panelists from the government of Delhi.

The panelists included

Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta, principal secretary to the chief minister P.K. Tripathi, municipal commissioner K.S Mehra, commissioner and secretary (industries) Chetan B. Sanghi, special secretary to the chief minister Keshav Chandra and mission director - Samajik Suvidha Sangam, Programme Management Unit, Delhi Secretariat Rashmi Singh.

A lot of questions concerning the Capital were raised at the forum.

Among those which figured prominently were questions about security arrangements during the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG 2010) to the problem of garbage disposal.

Also high on the agenda were concerned queries about such issues as the state of the environment to the limited role of women in Indian industries and even the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor -- which seems to have become the Delhi government’s problem child.

These and several other matters were raised and addressed at the forum.

“Given the current proposals and schemes that we have planned, I’m sure we will be able to deal with the problem of garbage disposal in the capital in a comprehensive manner in the next three to four years,” said K.S Mehra, Commissioner Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

“It depends upon which way you approach the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor topic. While car owners view it as a curse, for the average bus traveller -- it is a blessing in disguise,” added Mehra, addressing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor problem.

“The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor was meant to facilitate mass transit of traffic and will prove effective as soon as the Delhi metro reaches,” he added.

Towards the end, the various government representatives present on the occasion requested Delhiites to make foreign visitors who would be visiting the capital during the CWG at home and said that adequate security arrangements and policing measures were in place for the forthcoming sporting extravaganza.

“We are ready -- all we need is public participation in making sure that the (Commonwealth) games are handled in such a way that they become the envy of the whole world,” said P.K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

“We need the citizens to be with us,” he added.