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Updated: October 12, 2013 23:08 IST

Previous government blamed for poor condition of roads in city

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah looking at the road development plan after launching the projects on Magadi Road in Bangalore on Saturday.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah looking at the road development plan after launching the projects on Magadi Road in Bangalore on Saturday.

We must ensure that Bangalore retains its old glory, says Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has put the blame squarely on the previous government for the pathetic state of roads in Bangalore city.

He was speaking after launching several road-related projects, including an underpass at Magadi Road and Siddaiah Puranik Road junction and a grade separator at Chord Road, here on Saturday. “Once these projects are taken up and completed, the cityscape will be different. We need roads that will last long. Wherever possible, the main roads will be concreted. With lots of investment coming to Bangalore, we must ensure that the city retains its old glory,” he said.

Prominent among the development projects launched is the work on improving 400-km stretch of 230 arterial roads at a cost of Rs. 560 crore, development of important roads under TenderSure at a cost of Rs. 130 crore and construction of five signal-free corridors at a cost of Rs. 613 crore.

The development of 400-km stretch of arterial roads would be taken up by the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd. (formerly called the Karnataka Land Army).

The Chief Minister set a six-month deadline for the BBMP to address the garbage problem in the city. Commenting on the Akrama-Sakrama scheme, he said that the revenue that would be generated by it should go into a separate account to be used for city’s development.

Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to take an all-party delegation to New Delhi to discuss with the Prime Minister and Union Ministers matters regarding the city’s development. He added that the Binny Mill land should be transferred to the Railways so that it can be used for the expansion of the city railway station. He suggested that the railway station be named after freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna.

Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana, MLAs Priya Krishna and K. Gopalaiah spoke.

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I think it is pot calling the kettle black! I was staying in Bangalore during Mr. SM Krishna's time when he was CM. Most of the roads were horrible! Even Wipro's Mr . Asim Premzi said that he will spend money to build good roads particularly in Electronic city! It is really pity that the IT hub of India where lots of foreigners visit, the roads are worst than rural sector! instead of blaming game, it action time to go ahead. Just "DO IT" Impossible is nothing!!

from:  K.K.nathan
Posted on: Oct 14, 2013 at 22:24 IST

Finally comes good news about development of roads in Bangalore. The government must engage young architects to design grade separators and underpasses in a new way. High quality concrete roads are being laid everywhere in developing countries. Technology is now available to make concrete roads using quick drying cement and automatically laying machines.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Oct 14, 2013 at 07:52 IST

CM Siddaramaiah's words are music to ears whether he performs or not.
BJP has done much damage to the state than anybody else in recent times
and hence pushed to a corner. It is time for us to watch how CM will
transform his words into deeds before commenting upon his assertions.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Oct 13, 2013 at 05:20 IST
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