2018 Venkat Machiraju

Mayoral Candidate

Venkat Machiraju

Candidate - Mayor

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Although he is a dog owner, WINDOG considers Venkat Machiraju to be 'dog-unfriendly' when it comes to off-leash areas. He doesn't believe additional green spaces for off-leash dogs are necessary and he doesn't support additional funding to separate and secure off-leash dogs.

Platform: Machiraju’s priorities are completing the inner ring road and expanding its capacity to shorten commute times, reforming the public tendering process, encouraging development, eliminating development levies, reducing property taxes, and helping seniors with affordable property based on their income.

Machiraju is a first-time candidate. He says design and significant population growth are the reasons Winnipeg roads are deteriorating. He points out that the city’s major roads were designed for a population of 200,000 but the population has grown to 800,000 and the city is a hub for another 300,000 people. He proposes increasing the number of lanes on major routes to five, plus turning lanes. Machiraju says creating an inner ring road would allow traffic, particularly emergency service vehicles, to move faster and reduce accidents at intersections.

Machiraju vows to fight to bring order and proper management back to City Hall. He says bad management, design flaws, maintenance flaws, and flaws in the tendering process are reasons why Winnipeg property taxes are high.

Machiraju wants a more open, transparent public tendering process. He criticizes the City for using a process that eliminates the lowest price option and he promises to change that. Citing the police station as an example, he says awarding contracts to the lowest bidder will prevent the City from awarding them to friends. . He would implement public opening and closing of public tenders.

Machiraju believes eliminating development levies would bring big developers to Winnipeg. He wants Ottawa and the Province to allocate a greater share of gasoline taxes to the city, which would allow council to reduce property taxes, continue road improvements and finance the completion of the inner ring road.

Although Michiraju describes himself as a man of faith with a mission to help mankind, his campaign has no focus on social issues.

Machiraju is from India, where he studied mechanical engineering. He worked in the profession for a few years before becoming a Hindu priest. He is the priest at St. Anne’s Road Hindu Temple.

Q1: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion in Council to create a dedicated tax-supported capital fund for the creation of new dog parks and the upgrading of existing ones to comply with standards in the City of Winnipeg’s new Off-Leash Area Master Plan? Why or why not?

I am a dog Owner. I do not believe additional green spaces dedicated strictly for Dog owner is necessary. I am in support of more green space.

Q2: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as “single-use” parks where only those activities associated with off-leash dogs are permitted? Why or why not?

I support the recreation and Dogs in a Park.

I do not support additional funding to segregate dog owners.

I would support facilities ike water for dogs and maintenance for the same purpose. I would rather consider an indoor arena with a park, a multi use facility for the Winter to support Dog owners with their Pets. That facility would come with a user fee. I am a dog owner and Support animals.