New Delhi, July 28: When it came to Bengaluru, former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam had an instant connect. Ease the traffic woes of this beautiful city and protect its greenery, the Peoples' President had said during a talk in 2005.
Dr. Kalam who has an apartment at the Yelahanka New Town was no stranger to Bengaluru. He spent a considerable amount of time here and had worked with the HAL, DRDO, NAL and ISRO.
At the time when the Chandrayaan was launched, he spent a lot of time in the city. In fact it was Dr. Kalam who had suggested to ISRO that the Indian Flag be planted on the moon.
Dr Kalam's advise on the city's traffic:
Anyone who lives in Bengaluru knows for a fact that the traffic is a nightmare. Dr Kalam too felt that easing the traffic problems in Bengaluru would help the city and its commuters.
In the year 2005 when he spoke at the Suvarna Karnataka celebrations, the former President had said that the creation of the metro rail and its early implementation would be one of the best ways to solve the traffic problem in Bengaluru.
Implement the metro rail system soon and also create alternative roads. This would help decongest the city a great deal. He had also said that there is however a need to protect the greenery in the city. Development is important, but not at the cost of nature, he had said.
Keep up with growth:
Dr Kalam had said that he has been seeing Bengaluru from close quarters since the 1950s. I have watched the city grow. The economic growth of the city has exceeded the growth of development facilitators he had said.
There is a need to develop the tier-II cities. Mysore, Mangalore, Beglaum, Madikeri, Hubi and Dharwad can be developed as tier-II cities, Dr Kalam had said while placing a 11 point agenda before the legislators of Karnataka.