Telangana Information Technology Minister K Tarakarama Rao interacted with Mayors of Carmel and Indianapolis – cities that made their mark with best practices in local governance.
During the interaction with KTR at Carmel City Hall, Mayor James Brainard explained how they carry out the functions of drinking water supply, electricity distribution, public transport and sewage management. The two also discussed the public private partnership and other models to raise funds for fuelling the infrastructure projects.
Mayor James Brainard said that citizens extend full cooperation for the development of Carmel City by paying taxes in time and in full. KTR then was taken on a tour of City Hall building where the Minister sought to know how the local body's meetings are held and how citizens are made part of them.
The IT Minister enquired about the implementation of smart technologies in the administration of City of Carmel. He asked IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan to get full details of City Management Software through which Vehicular Traffic, Water and Electricity Supply are being tracked live in Carmel. The Minister also examined the mobile app used by Carmel citizens for registering the grievances.
Minister in the afternoon met Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis. The discussion revolved around city planning and administration. Mayor Joe Hogsett elaborated on the Bus Rapid Transit System built to support the expanding city and growing population. The city is raising funds for creating basic infrastructure through Municipal Bonds, Joe said.
After completing the meetings with the Mayors, the Minister said some of the best practices from the two cities of Carmel and Indianapolis can be replicated in Hyderabad. Industries Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar and ITE&C Secretary Jayesh Ranjan accompanied the Minister.