Second phase will be taken up at Rs. 560 crore after completion of first phase

Asphalting of 18 main roads will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 130 crore in the first week of November after Deepavali, said Ramalinga Reddy, city in-charge and Transport Minister.

The work, which is likely to be completed by the end of the year, has already been cleared by the Cabinet and tenders have been floated. After completion of the first phase of asphalting, the second phase will be taken up at Rs. 560 crore, he said after assessing the progress of pothole filling drive in Ulsoor, Trinity Circle and Richmond Road.

Accompanied by Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner M. Lakshminarayan and senior officials, Mr. Reddy inspected the roads and said the sections in disrepair would be concreted.

Meanwhile, due to a water pipeline burst near Subramanya Swamy Temple, water was flowing on Ulsoor Road . Mr. Reddy directed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) officials to immediately plug the leakage and take up road repairs thereafter. He squarely blamed the BWSSB for the poor condition of city roads. Mr. Reddy also inspected the footpath near Hockey Stadium which is in disrepair. BBMP officials were instructed to replace the concrete slabs and repair the footpath. .

Mr. Sathyanarayana said the pothole filling drive had slowed down due to the sudden onset of rain and that it wiould be taken up on a war footing after Deepavali.

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