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It gives me an immense sense of satisfaction to place on behalf of the Expert Committee, the Report on Governance in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. All of us in the Committee were only too aware of the challenges that had to be grappled with, in taking on the assignment of setting forth a new framework for Bangalore’s governance – a city, whose rise to the status of a metropolis has been much more rapid compared to other large cities in the country. The Committee’s deliberations were ably supported by members, whose profiles exhibited a vigorous blend of sound practical experience and deep knowledge in matters of urban governance apart from expertise in management, science and information technology. This enabled a comprehensive perspective of the contentious issues and problems that beset Bangalore today. These issues include urban management concerns as well as the imperatives of sustaining the growth of a city that is globally acclaimed for its contribution to the development of the knowledge economy. Such acclaim casts a responsibility on the Government as well as others concerned, to establish a structure of governance which can nurture the development of the city and the vibrancy of its economy. More importantly, it should be participatory and inclusive of the citizenry.The Committee held consultations across a broad spectrum,representing different sections of society namely, political leaders,business associations, NGOs, CBOs, eminent persons and government officers. The insights gained during these consultations were extremely useful in shaping this Report.Our recommendations are far reaching in terms of calling for a major shift in the planning paradigms and a significant restructuring of the political and administrative machinery, for better governance. It may, at first sight, appear somewhat radical.But the Committee believes that such a comprehensive overhaul is called for, in the interest of adroit management of the growth of this region, with a view to realize its dynamic development potential.