Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Dharam thinks he can fool all the people all the time

CM: glide on smooth roads in 2 months
The Times of India

Bangalore: No potholes, no patches. All roads in the state up to the taluk level, including Bangalore city roads, will be “fixed’’ within two months. Reiterating his commitment to the birthday promise he made in Tirumala on Sunday, chief minister N Dharam Singh told reporters here on Monday: “I will personally make sure that this promise is kept. I will go to all areas and see to the roads myself.’’

Singh said nearly Rs 200 crore will be immediately released for the major district roads across the state — a longpending demand of public works minister H D Revanna. “I have held discussions with finance minister P G R Sindhia in this regard and he has agreed to release the money. We are also planning to give government guarantee for the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to take loan from HUDCO for road maintenance up to taluk level,’’ he added.

Singh said he would call a meeting with the officials concerned to chalk out the road development plans. “We have time till June before it starts raining. That is six months time. We will be able to achieve all that we want to,’’ he added. The state has already released about Rs 1,500 crore for rural roads, about two months ago. The Rs 2,030-crore loan from World Bank to upgrade 2,300 km of state highways had also been used very well, he said.


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