Tuesday, June 27, 2006

CM directs BMP to widen 95 roads

CM directs BMP to widen 95 roads
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: In a move to ease traffic congestion in the city, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has directed the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to take up widening of 95 roads.

The Chief Minister told reporters after a review meeting with Mayor Mumtaz Begaum, Deputy Mayor Lakshminarayan, Health and Family Welfare Minister R Ashok and other senior officials of the urban development department that in the first phase, 12 roads will be taken up for widening.

They include: Palace Road, Bellary Road, Nrupatunga Road, Devanga Hostel Road, Hosur Road, Lashker Road, Agara Road, Airport Road, Cottonpet Main Road and Sheshadri Road.

Kumaraswamy said civic agencies like BESCOM, BMP, police and BWSSB have been asked to co-ordinate and take up the road widening programme. He said the BMP has been directed to call tenders for the first phase in the next couple of days and complete the road works by the end of this year.

According him, the BCC will take up widening of 20 roads in the second phase.

To take up widening of 95 roads, the government has to acquire around 38 per cent of its own lands, 24 per cent of defence lands and 13 per cent of Central lands. The remaining 25 per cent of private lands will be purchased at market rates, the Chief Minister said.

Three hospitals to be upgraded

Kumaraswamy said three government hospitals in the city will be upgraded with latest facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 150 crore.

Kumaraswamy told reporters after a review meeting with PWD officials that the government was planning to upgrade Bowring, Victoria and Vani Vilas Hospitals. He said new structures will also be added at these three hospitals to house more patients.

PWD Minister H D Revanna was also present.


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