Friday, January 15, 2010

Bonanza: flyover, six-lane road

Bonanza: flyover, six-lane road
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Bangalore: Hours before the BBMP election code of conduct sets in, commuters seem to be benefiting the most as infrastructure projects pending for long are being inaugurated.
On Thursday, CM B S Yeddyurappa inaugurated the much-awaited Sumanahalli flyover and the Magadi Road-Mysore Road six-lane stretch of the Outer Ring Road. The latter — 4.82 km long — project was started in December 2005 and has finally been completed at a cost of Rs 73 crore. Work on the Sumanahalli flyover on ORR, towards Mysore Road and Tumkur Road, was started in December 2007; it has cost the exchequer Rs 33.72 crore.
Yeddyurappa said: “People should create awareness about these projects among those who don’t know about the developments. If there is any grievance, they can let us know through the media.”
Commenting on the outcry over BBMP suddenly waking up to finalize tenders worth around Rs 3,300 crore, he said the tenders were being processed for the past 45 days and had to be finished late at night for technical reasons. “If the opposition thinks there was anything illegal about it, they can go to court.”
On the row over the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor, he said: “The people who are complaining now are the ones had signed an MoU disbursing farmers’ land without a survey. We have not given a single acre apart from the agreement.”
Yeddyurappa said that if BJP is elected to the BBMP, it will develop the city in three-and-a-half years ‘in such a manner that even our rivals should be compelled to laud us.’ “If not, I will never come back to your door to ask for a vote,” he said.
Transport minister R Ashoka said: “Cost of the Metro work has been escalated by nearly Rs 1,200 crore because of the previous government’s policies.”
ANGRY OVER ‘BLACK MAGIC’
“If I go to Kerala for treatment, they assume I am gone forever. If I post IAS officer Manu Baligar, they create a controversy. Where should I post him? Andamans?” a livid Yeddyurappa asked. Former PM H D Deve Gowda had said in a lighter vein on Wednesday that the CM is probably in Kerala to take the help of black magic.
MAGADI ROAD-MYSORE ROAD SIX-LANE STRETCH
Initiated: December 19, 2005 Cost: Rs 73 crore Four underpasses on the stretch
SUMANAHALLI FLYOVER
Initiated: December 27, 2007 Cost: Rs 33.72 crore Total length: 546 metres

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