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Bengaluru municipal body gets new chief amid second wave of the pandemic

Senior bureaucrat Gaurav Gupta will replace N Manjunatha Prasad as the commissioner. Gupta, a 1990-batch IAS officer, had taken over as the administrator of BBMP in September last year after the term of the council came to an end.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 1, 2021 9:49:27 am
Gaurav Gupta, BBMP, BBMP CommissionerGaurav Gupta (extreme right) will replace N Manjunatha Prasad (second from right) as BBMP Commissioner from April 1, an official government notification issued on Tuesday read. (File)

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the municipal body governing the Karnataka capital, will have a new commissioner and an administrator from April 1, as the city is witnessing a steady daily growth in new Covid-19 cases during what is being considered by many to be a second wave of the pandemic.

Senior bureaucrat Gaurav Gupta will replace N Manjunatha Prasad as the commissioner. Gupta, a 1990-batch IAS officer, had taken over as the administrator of BBMP in September last year after the term of the council came to an end.

Gupta is also placed with concurrent charge as the Additional Chief Secretary to the government’s commerce and industries department, according to a government notification issued on Wednesday.

Gaurav Gupta Guarav Gupta (Express photo)

Meanwhile, Prasad has been transferred to the post of Principal Secretary to the government’s revenue department, with concurrent charges of Disaster Management, Bhoomi, and Urban Property Ownership Records.

With elections to the BBMP Council still pending, Rakesh Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Water Resources Department) will take over as the BBMP administrator replacing Gupta.

However, this is not the first time BBMP is witnessing a change in top personnel amid the pandemic. In July 2020, the civic body got a new chief, when the total Covid-19 tally in Karnataka was edging past the one-lakh mark. This time around, the cumulative caseload in the state is approaching the one-million mark.

As many as 13 other senior bureaucrats were also transferred to new positions through an order issued by James Tharakan, the Under Secretary of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms.

The development came a day after the Urban Development Department notified the appointment of eight IAS officers as ‘Zonal Joint Commissioners’ giving them the responsibility of leading operations at the zonal-level. This is seen as a conversion from the existing ‘Joint Commissioner’ designation.

As per the notification, the new BBMP zonal commissioners are Randeep D (Mahadevapura and Yelahanka), P Rajendra Cholan (Bommanahalli), Manoj Jain (BBMP East), Basavaraju S (BBMP West), Tulsi Maddineni (BBMP South), Ravindra SG (Dasarahalli), and B Reddy Shankar Babu (Rajarajeshwari Nagar).

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