Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Metropolitan Authority Bill to be tabled in House this session

Metropolitan Authority Bill to be tabled in House this session

The Hindu

Metropolitan authority will coordinate with BDA, BMP and other public utility providers in developing the city, says Dharam Singh

BANGALORE: The Government will place the Metropolitan Authority Bill in the coming session of the Legislature, said Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh here on Monday.

Inaugurating the renovated Bhavi Park in Jayanagar 4th Block and launching several development works, Mr. Dharam Singh said the metropolitan authority will coordinate and interact with the Bangalore Development Authority, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board in developing the city.

This authority will be modelled on the lines of the one working in Kolkata and New Delhi. "The Metropolitan Authority Bill is ready and it will be placed in the session starting in December," Mr. Dharam Singh said.

The Chief Minister said the Government was working towards improving infrastructure in the city, which was largely damaged after the recent spell of heavy rain.

"We cannot improve infrastructure in a day. The Government is carrying out the task in phases," he said.

Development works

Earlier, the BMP Commissioner, K. Jothiramalingam, gave details of development works that were inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Monday.

The Commissioner said the BMP had entrusted the Karnataka Land Army Corporation (KLAC) with the work of laying concrete roads on Silver Jubilee Park Road, Kaggadasapura Road and S.T. Bed Road. This work is being taken up under the flood relief scheme and Rs. 11 crores has been sanctioned for this, he said.

The KLAC was given the letter of award of the works at the function today.

Mr. Jothiramalingam said a private agency would start the work of strengthening and rehabilitating 29 km of roads in seven wards, being taken up at a cost of Rs. 31 crores. Work on some roads will be completed by June and on others by October, he added.

The Commissioner said the City Development Strategy Plan is being prepared for developing Greater Bangalore, which includes the BMP, the seven city municipal councils and a town municipal council.

He also spoke about the two new health schemes, Sanjeevini, for providing supplementary nutrition to pregnant women, and Preventive Health Care, for providing affordable and sustainable interventions for children and adults.


Minister for Primary and Secondary Education R. Ramalinga Reddy said the BMP was spending Rs. 7 crores for the development of 18 parks in the city. This includes Rs. 2 crores being spent for the gardens in Jayanagar ward. The BMP will develop the stadium in Jayanagar 3rd Block and the playground in Hombegowda Nagar. He said Rs. 14.5 crores would be spent for developing all pavements in the Jayanagar Assembly constituency.


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