Objections from public invited and proposal awaits government approval
BMP Council approves ambitious projects with Rs. 22,000 crore outlay Demolition drive planned to clear encroachments in four valleys
Bangalore: Bangalore will be renamed Bengaluru, if a resolution passed by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) is accepted by the State Government and the public.
A major step towards overhauling the city's infrastructure was taken with the BMP Council approving projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
The resolution on changing the name of the city, taken by the BMP Council on Wednesday, will now be forwarded to the Government.
The BMP has invited objections from the public for the proposed change, which would have to be filed within a month.
The idea was mooted by Jnanpith Award-winner and litterateur U.R. Anathmurthy, who said that cities in the State should be renamed from colonial names to more regional forms.
The BMP has drawn up nine projects with an allocation of Rs. 22,536 crore under the JNNURM, a major urban renewal initiative taken up by the Centre.
The projects approved by the Council include Rs. 2,783 crore for drinking water and drainage, Rs. 800 crore for solid waste management, Rs. 7,536 crore for roads, Rs. 3,511 crore for other road development, Rs. 1,339 crore for storm water drains, Rs. 14 crore for beautification, Rs. 307 crore for other civic services, Rs. 212 crore for tourism and Rs. 6,034 crore for the urban poor.
Following discussions on the storm water drains in the four valleys of the city, BMP Commissioner K. Jairaj said a demolition drive would be conducted in October.
Mr. Jairaj said that encroachments would be cleared with assistance from the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force and the Police Department.
He said that 18 encroachments had been cleared in Koramangala Valley, 30 in Hebbal Valley and 12 in Vrishbhavathi.
50 instances of encroachments have been identified at Challaghatta Valley and would be removed soon.