Infrastructure woes worry Bengaluru citizens but hope floats

Bengaluru, 2nd April , 2018: In a high-powered discussion on the future of Bengaluru, India's information technology (IT) hub, there was agreement that the city was struggling to meet infrastructure demands.

On the panelat the India Today Karnataka Panchayat were Priyank Kharge, minister of statefor IT and tourism, TV Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education,Srivatsa Krishna, secretary, IT department, Karnataka and Sridhar Pabbishetty,CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation.

Kicking offthe discussion Kharge listed his government's achievements to make Bengaluruthe heart of the IT sector not just in the region but globally.

"This[Congress] government has done more for the IT sector than any previousgovernments. We've helped 400 start-ups scale up. We're working towards makingthe city an innovation and incubation hub," he said.

MohandasPai, however, had a different take on Bengaluru's future. Though he agreed thatthe city was still a magnet when it came to drawing IT companies and manpower,the city was on the verge of becoming an urban disaster.

"Thequality of life has dipped...Bengaluru sucks," Pai said. He went on tolist the city's woeful infrastructure and said the Congress government hadignored the city for the first three years of its tenure.

SridharPabbishetty echoed Pai when he said that Bengaluru has a long way to goespecially when its storm drains are open sewers.

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