The Timmasagar Temple road in Hubli has entered the India Book of Records. The 385-metre civic road shot into fame after a local medical practitioner Dr Mrityunjay C Sindhur insured it for an amount of Rs 2 lakh in August 2007. While Sindhur himself paid the annual premium for the first two years, a group of nine citizens located on the pathway joined him in sharing the premium amount of the third year for an assured sum of Rs 6 lakh. The residents here also want people elsewhere in the city to take a cue from them.
Can such initiatives by the residents bring about a change in urban administration?
Involvement of the local residents in the development of their area is the way forward in urban administration.
Residents of a locality can take up minor initiatives such as insuring the road, as well as major initiatives such as funding development activities like building of roads and parks. After all, in a democratic setup, its people power that finally matters.
Lets hope that more and more people participate actively in the development of their localities and help in building a better city.