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Leaders fret over traffic congestion

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It is not only common people who are cribbing about traffic congestion. Union Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and co-founder and chairman emeritus Infosys N.R. Narayana Murthy are among the eminent persons who are worried about congested roads and slow moving traffic in the Silicon Valley of India.

A few speakers raised the issue on the inaugural day of Invest Karnataka. Mr Naidu, who raised the issue first, said slow movement of traffic is a major cause for tension in the city. He said the Centre is ready to help if the State government cooperates by allowing land acquisition. Mr. Naidu said the Centre would support the State in executing the Peripheral Ring Road, suburban railway system and expanding the metro rail network in and around Bengaluru.

Union Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said he would meet Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy to tackle traffic bottlenecks in the city. “This is a difficult task (traffic). “The government of India and government of Karnataka must find a solution to the traffic problem in the city,” he said. “We will provide 100 per cent support to you (GoK). Good infrastructure is essential for the city. Without good infrastructure, no investors will invest,” he pointed out.

Mr. Murthy said Bengaluru’s contribution to India’s IT revenue is 38 % and the contribution to GDP is $35 billion with exports to the tune of $27 billion. Karnataka, especially Bengaluru, would progress by leaps and bounds with better infrastructure facilities. “My request to the government of Karnataka is help us to make Bengaluru a livable city.”

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