Birmingham welcomes its first British-Indian Lord Mayor as Councillor Chaman Lal assumes the prestigious role, representing the West Midlands city. Born in India and now an adopted Brummie, Lal's election marks a proud moment for his family and himself, having served as a local councillor for many years and actively engaged in social justice campaigns.
With a father who was a British Indian army officer, Lal's journey took him from his birthplace in Pakhowal, Hoshiarpur, to Birmingham, where he settled and contributed to the community. A Labour Party politician, he expressed gratitude to his fellow councillors for entrusting him with the highest civic role, emphasizing his commitment to serving the city.
Lal's extensive experience includes roles in various council committees and advisory positions on major transport projects. He has actively worked towards enhancing public transport, spearheading initiatives such as the introduction of contactless travel (Swift Card) and expanding late-night and early-morning bus services to cater to the night economy and early workers.
Beyond politics, Lal finds joy in his interests, including cricket, live music, and performing arts. With his dedication to public service and diverse background, Birmingham looks forward to the positive impact he will bring as the city's Lord Mayor.
(With PTI Inputs)