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Vijay Mallya is 'ashamed of Bangalore'

September 19, 2005 19:31 IST

Liquor baron and United Breweries Group chairman Vijay Mallyajoined the chorus on Monday againstBangalore's crumbling infrastructure and called for swift action by the government. "Being a Bangalorean myself, I am pretty ashamed of the state of affairs," he said.

Mallya recalled how when he landedin Hong Kong on September 14, he got hold of an international newspaper that carried a front-page article completely damning Bangalore's infrastructure. "That's pretty sad," he said.

His comments come days after IT companies and the state government agreed to end the war of words over the city's infrastructure problems. The firms also agreed to take part next month in the state's annual showpiece IT event, which they had threatened to boycott over the government's 'indifference' to create better infrastructure.

Mallya termed Bangalore's infrastructure as 'certainly hopelessly inadequate' and 'highly depressing'. He wondered why the government is not swinging into action and trying to improve infrastructure in a time-bound manner by taking those involved to task.

"Bangalore needs a complete makeover," he said, adding, that the Centre also needs to allocate resources for improving infrastructure here, as Bangalore has largely become the IT and BT capital of the country, securing valuable foreign exchange.

When an international newspaper carries such an article, it is not a slap on the face of Bangalore and Karnataka, but on the face of India, felt the Rajya Sabha member, who also said he would raise the city's infrastructural problems in Parliament.

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Ow are we bangaloreans in 21st century??? everyone knows how to be ashamed... wats the point??? The ppl who really have to be ashamed are ...

Posted by Arun Karthikeyan

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It is more shocking that Malya had to read headlines in international paper to make the comments about Banglore. Problems of this city have been ...

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The countrys progress is not to be seen only in the what we produce or what we possess,but we must also see how and where ...

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Hi, It is bad that now big industrialists and professionals criticising bangalores infrastructure.After making profits now they criticise.They should have made aware of these things ...

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