Mega projects to change the face of 'Garden City'

BANGALORE Nov. 24. The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, on Sunday launched a series of new infrastructure projects to be implemented by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) in the next 18 months at an estimated cost of Rs. 170 crore.

The projects include a flyover near National College, a grade separator at Rajajinagar entrance, improvement of traffic junctions, formation of concrete roads in Kalasipalyam, construction of multi-storeyed car parks, development of sidewalks, community toilets, development of lakes, and tanks and development of dhobi ghats.

The National College flyover, estimated to cost over Rs. 12.70 crore, will facilitate smoother and faster movement of traffic at the National College Circle. This 408-metre four-lane two-way pre-stressed and prefabricated flyover is to be completed in 18 months.

The Rajajinagar grade separator will connect the Chord Road, Peenya, and Yeshwanthpur areas with the Kempe Gowda Bus Station. A major traffic junction in the east-west corridor, the grade separator is estimated to cost Rs. 14.60 crore. This 262-metre two-way grade separator is expected to reduce travel time and facilitate smooth movement of vehicles.

Over 106 traffic junctions have been identified for integrated improvements based on a study of traffic junctions for smoothening the flow of traffic.

Split into five packages covering different localities, the selected 106 traffic junctions will be developed at a cost of Rs. 12.50 crore. This project is to be completed in 12 months.

To prevent clogging of drains and flooding of roads in the crowded Kalasipalyam area, the roads there are being re-laid with cement-concrete pavements. The roads will have proper ducts for cables and other utilities. This project, to be completed in six months, is estimated to cost Rs. 7.03 crore.

The two multi-storeyed car parking and commercial complexes are being taken up on Kempe Gowda Road-B.V.K.Iyengar Road junction and on Magrath Road. This is done in association with private developers on public private partnership (PPP) basis.

While the land will be provided by the BMP, private developers will make the rest of the investment. The parking space will be shared mutually.

The project, estimated to cost Rs. 9 crore and slated for completion in 18 months, will provide parking space for 403 cars. The Rs. 43-crore Magrath Road project will require 36 months.

This will provide parking space for 996 cars.

Development of sidewalks is being taken up at a cost of Rs. 70 crore. In the first phase, certain identified roads are being taken up for repairs at a cost of Rs. 40 crore.

Nearly 100 more toilets of elegant and functional design and high standards of construction quality and maintenance, on the lines of "Nirmala Bangalore" toilets, will be built by the BMP in commercial areas and slums at a cost of Rs. 9.28 crore. The project is to be completed in 12 months.

As part of the drive to rejuvenate, beautify, and restore lakes and tanks, the BMP has launched a massive Rs. 18.91-crore plan for the development of Ulsoor Lake, Sankey Tank, Yediyur Lake and the Kempambudhi Lake. The project will be completed in 12 months.

A Rs. 2.68-crore project for improving dhobi ghats in 16 places across the City was also launched on Sunday.

These projects are being taken up with financial assistance from the State Government, the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).