KARNATAKA

Work on flyovers, subways to start by Nov. 15

BANGALORE Oct. 31. The outgoing Mayor, K.Chandrashekar, on Thursday promised to start work on flyovers at National College Circle in Basavangudi, Cauvery cinema, Town Hall, pedestrian subways at the Police Corner, Devaiah Park, and beautify 106 traffic junctions and improve footpaths by November 15.

There was plan to commission 100 parks developed under the Janodhayanavana Scheme in one month, he said.

Addressing members at a Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Council meeting (the last to be chaired by him), the Mayor said work that was tendered during his 11-month tenure would commence before the end of this financial year (March 31, 2003).

In the five months before the financial year ended, work on a grade separator near Sujatha cinema in Rajajinagar, pedestrian subway near Mysore Bank on K.G.Road and several pending projects would commence.

The Mayor claimed that the development projects and ward improvement works worth Rs.310 crores had been approved in a record 143 days.

Major projects such as flyovers, pedestrian subways, footpath and road development works, ward works such as asphalting and installation of sanitary lines had been accorded approval by the Council within six months of the presentation of the bugdet, he said.

As the budget for the financial year had to be presented, the actual work commenced in April 2002 (Mr. Chandrashekar assumed office as Mayor in November 2001), he said.

``I was left with only 184 days to implement the budgeted works. But in reality I could get only 143 days, excluding the holidays. Within these 143 days, I tried my best to implement projects and the Council has extended full support,'' he said.

He claimed to have sanctioned a record number of basic works in the three zones within 90 days after the budget was approved (3,281 works in the West zone, 3,118 in the South zone and 2,946 in the East zone). Apart from these, upgradation of motorable roads was being taken up at a cost of Rs.32 crores, he said.

The BMP had availed of Rs.250 crores from the HUDCO this year for major infrastructure works. Of this amount, the civic body would utilise Rs.70 crores (to be withdrawn as and when required) in this financial year, he added.

He thanked the ruling party leader, C.M.Nagaraj, the Deputy Mayor, R.Shankar, the Commissioner, M.R.Sreenivas Murthy, and chairpersons of the eight Standing Committees for their support.

Earlier, he was felicitated by the Congress, the Janata Dal(S) and the Janata Dal(U) corporators.

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