Close on the heels of committing itself before the Supreme Court to hold elections to the BBMP within three months, the State government is in the process of rolling out massive infrastructure works at a cost of Rs. 3,500 crore.
Most works are expected to be completed within six months to a year, while three major projects would require about two years’ time.
Disclosing this to reporters on Monday, Bengaluru city in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the funds included unspent an amount of Rs. 1,000 crore from the allocation under the Nagarothana scheme in 2014-15, the present year’s budgetary allocation of Rs. 1,500 crore and an additional allocation of Rs. 1,000 crore announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah a few days ago. The proposed works include widening of Sarjapur Road, Bannerghatta Road, Tannery Road, Varthur Road, Dinnur Main Road and Subratho Mukherjee Road, besides construction of multi-level parking facility at Freedom Park and Gandhinagar.
These works will be in addition to the proposed matrix of elevated corridors comprising a North-South corridor from Central Silk Board to Hebbal and two East-West corridors from Jnanabharathi to Whitefield and KR Puram to Goraguntepalya. Rs. 50 crore has been earmarked for preparing a detailed project report for this endeavour.
3 flyovers, 2 years
A steel flyover would be built on a two-km stretch of J. C. Road from Minerva Circle to Town Hall at a cost of Rs. 139 crore. A 700-metre steel flyover would be built on Race Course Road at a cost of Rs. 57 crore, according to Bengaluru city in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy. A concrete flyover would come up on a stretch of 2.4 km between Ejipura and Kendriya Sadana at a cost of Rs. 214 crore, he said and noted that it would take about two years to complete these flyovers.