At the annual, Beyond Carlton Memorial Lecture held on February 23, 2019. Dr. A.Ravindra spoke on the topic ‘Our Cities on Fire’.
Dr. A Ravindra is well known for his stint as chairman of Bangalore Development Authority BDA, as commissioner of the then Bangalore City Municipal Corporation and is chief secretary to the government of Karnataka in the early 2000s. Dr. Ravindra holds a doctorate in urban studies and authored books such as Urban Land Policy: A Metropolitan Perspective and Bangalore Multiplicity, a Coffee Table book on Bangalore. Two things have marked his tenure – his working style that co-opted citizens to resolve urban challenges, and capacity-building of whatever institutions he worked in.
Dr. Ravindra in his lecture spoke about one of the main reasons for buildings catching fire He emphasizes the need for fire safety plans to be part of the city Master plan. He speaks of how public safety in the city has been compromised due to lack of adequate road infrastructure and footpaths, mishandling of garbage, deteriorating air quality etc.
Besides the talk, the other interesting part of the annual program was the honoring of Fire Champions, of those who put their lives at risk when a fire accident occurs. This year, a 20-year-old Mumbaikar, Mr. Siddrameshwar Humanabade a delivery-boy at Swiggy, who rushed to the site of a hospital fire in Marol Mumbai on the day of December 18, 2018, and managed to save 10 people, was honored as the Fire Champion