Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) got a woman as its commissioner after a span of 20 years. The BDA appointed Dr N Manjula as commissioner after the transfer of Rakesh Singh.

Dr N Manjula is 2002-batch IAS officer and has served as the director of Department of Tourism, director of Municipal Administration, district collector of Chikkaballapur and CEO of Mysuru Zilla Panchayat.

Manjula's appointment to BDA also has ended the long-standing tiff between  BDA chairman ST Somashekhar of Congress and former BDA commissioner Rakesh Singh.

Singh, who was appointed on March 10, 2017, and is believed to be close to water resources minister DK Shivakumar. His continued presence as the BDA commissioner created tension between him and the Congress MLA.

Currently, Singh is also the principal secretary of the irrigation department under minister DK Shivakumar and is in-charge of the medical education department held by minister E Tukaram. 

The Congress MLA from Yeshwanthpur had constantly demanded the transfer of Rakesh Singh.

20 years ago, HD Deve Gowda in his capacity of chief minister had appointed Lakshmi Venkatachalam as the first woman commissioner of the BDA. She is credited with the formation of HSR Layout and BTM Layout.