Wednesday, July 26, 2006

BMP to give belated nod to IT/BT road repair

BMP to give belated nod to IT/BT road repair
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: On Wednesday, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) Council will give nod to a proposal to repair IT/BT roads and those damaged in the monsoon last year.

IT industry captains had threatened to boycott last year, if the roads were not repaired and made usable quickly. This forced the then chief minister N Dharam Singh to order repair of 18 roads.

The work was taken up under special funds from the Government and was entrusted to Karnataka Land Army Corporation (KLAC). However, the proposal was not submitted to the Council for its approval then, but now it will come before it.

Interestingly, the Dharam Singh Government had also ordered that storm water drains in KR Puram, Bommanahalli and Rajarajeswarinagar CMCs be repaired. BMP has begun work, which is estimated to cost Rs 85 crore, but even this matter was not brought before the Council.

The officials defend their move on the plea that the works were under special funding by the Government and hence needed no approval from the Council.

Other subjects before the Council on Wednesday include the sanction of additional land to Garuda Mall, whose developer has encroached upon nearly 3,500 square feet of public land and now wants it to be included in the original lease agreement.

Last month, the Council conduct an inspection. Mayor, Deputy Mayor, leader of the ruling party and Leader of the Opposition visited the property early this month, but did not make any recommendation to the Commissioner. The reason for sanction of extra land was that it was adjacent to the mall.

Other issues that would be discussed include be contract for street lighting at a cost of Rs 3.83 crore and sale of 20,000 sq-ft site on Thimmaiah road to Danish Publications.


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