8 BBMP zones get their own commissioners


Changes based on BBMP Act gives Zonal Commissioners more powers, eases burden on chief

The state government has posted IAS officers as zonal commissioners of eight Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) zones, in the first of a series of administrative changes being rolled out in keeping with the BBMP Act, 2020. The burden of civic administration on the chief commissioner is expected to reduce with the zonal commissioners getting more powers. It’s however not clear when the BBMP will form zonal committees.

Officers who are currently heading different departments in the BBMP have been posted as ex-officio zonal commissioners. They are: East – Manoj Jain (Special Commissioner – Projects), West – Basavaraju S (Special Commissioner – Revenue), South – Tulsi Maddineni (Special Commissioner – Finance), Dasarahalli – Raveendra S (Special Commissioner – Welfare), RR Nagar – B Reddy Shankar Babu (Special Commissioner – Estates, Education and Markets), Bommanahalli – Rajendra Cholan (Special Commissioner – Health and IT), Mahadevapura – Randeep D (Special Commissioner – Solid Waste Management) and Yelahanka – Randeep D (Special Commissioner – Administration).

Their appointment comes into effect from April 1. The order states that any verbal communication between the BBMP and the state government will be through the chief commissioner.

As per the BBMP Act, the Zonal commissioners have been given several powers. They are: nodal authority for administration in the zone, call for a meeting of the zonal committee at least once a month, supervise the implementation of any project or scheme of the corporation within the boundaries of the zone; approve fresh infrastructure projects on management of waste, improvement of public streets, improvement of public spaces including parks and improvement of the aesthetics of the zone and others.

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“Every contract concerning the affairs of a particular zone shall be made on behalf of the corporation by Zonal Commissioners for amounts not exceeding Rs 2 crore,” the Act states. “No contract shall be entered into by the Zonal Commissioner without the prior approval of the zonal committee.”

The zonal commissioner also have the power to grant licences in matters pertaining to establishment and operation of markets either wholesale or retail, slaughterhouses, restaurants, industries, commercial undertakings, and corporate offices.

Gupta is first chief commissioner

The State Government on Wednesday carried out a major surgery by transferring 18 IAS officers to different departments. Gaurav Gupta, who was holding the post of administrator at BBMP, has been posted as the chief commissioner of BBMP, the post renamed on the lines of BBMP Act. Rakesh Singh, a 1989-batch IAS officer, has been given an additional charge as administrator. Singh has been posted as additional chief secretary (ACS) at Water Resources Department.

Vanditha Sharma has been posted as additional chief secretary to government, Bengaluru, a key post that decides new programmes for the City by working closely with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who also holds the post of Bengaluru Development Minister. Gupta will continue to be the ACS at Commerce and Industries department.

Other key postings are: Kapil Mohan is back as ACS at Infrastructure Development division, N Manjunath Prasad heads back to the revenue department as principal secretary and Sindhu B Rupesh has been posted as director of Tourism department. V Ponnuraj has been given the post of secretary at department of personnel and administrative reforms (E-governance).



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Sagar Biswas

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