Tuesday, August 03, 2010

BMRCL ‘shrugs off’ repair at Metro sites

BMRCL ‘shrugs off’ repair at Metro sites
Sandeep Moudgal, Bangalore, August 2, DHNS:

The alleged refusal of Bangalore Metropolitan Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to take up restoration of roads at Metro sites has put the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on the edge.

It is said that in a meeting between the two civic agencies last week, the BMRCL shied away from its resposibility of repairing the roads where Metro construction has been taken up. The Palike sources said the Corporation had assumed the task initially.

“The responsibility was theirs. But now they have stated that small project like laying footpaths will be taken up by them, leaving road repair to us,” said a Palike source.

Funds crunch

The road restoration work would push the Palike’s finances, already under pressure, to the brink. It would mean an additional expenditure of Rs 500 crore, the source said. The Palike has now decided to leave the final decision to the Government.

However, speaking to Deccan Herald, BMRCL Managing Director, N Sivasailam denied any such differences and said the Corporation will take up restoration.

“We are going to undertake the responsibility. Roads will be handedover to the BBMP only after repairs,” he said.

The estimated cost of restoration after the completion of Metro work is estimated to be Rs 90 lakh to Rs one crore per kilometre. As many as 14 to 16 major roads including M G Road, Dr Rajkumar Road, CMH Road and Ulsoor Road are bearing the brunt of Metro project in the City.

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