Sunday, August 24, 2008

PRR project to start in December

PRR project to start in December

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The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project is gaining momentum with ITBT and Excise Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu announcing on Saturday that work will begin on it from December.

Inaugurating a slew of infrastructure projects for the Byatarayanapura zone in Yelahanka constituency he said progress had been made on the Rs 3,500 crore project of the BDA. Acquisition of land had been completed for the first phase and BDA would begin acquisition for the second phase.

The PRR will help decongest the city by diverting heavy vehicles and interstate vehicles and also give transportation a boost, Mr Katta said.

He said the Yeddyurappa government was committed to developing Benagaluru’s infrastructure and had released Rs 1,800 crore towards this. Good quality roads would be provided across Bengaluru, he assured.

The BBMP and BDA had been directed to give priority to providing better infrastructure like road and water supply to the newly added areas. “A blueprint for treating lake water across the city is being prepared. The water will be treated with high technology and using a reverse osmosis method to make it potable. This will solves the drinking woes of the city to a great extent,” Mr Katta maintained.

Earlier, inspecting the Dasarahalli zone he said that the areas under it had been deprived of some basic civic amenities like road, health facilities and drinking water and this needed to be addressed.

Inspecting the huge water pipe which carries water from Hesaraghatta to Bengaluru , the minister directed BWSSB officials to upgrade the service road along it. To prevent touts siphoning off major grants meant for the public, Mr Katta directed the officials concerned to hold grievance redressal meetings every Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. He later distributed saloon kits to 102 members of the Savita Samaja. Twelve cars at highly subsidised prices were distributed and 270 pushcarts fitted with iron boxes were supplied to ben eficiaries.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Authority of India has begun working on one of the most awaited projects in the country that joins two state capitals with a swanky expressway.

The alignment of the Expressway between the Bengaluru and Chennai in Tamil Nadu is underway with the work being outsourced to private agencies. Union minister of state for Highways K.H. Muniyappa said on Saturday that the alignment work will be finished by year-end. “Once the alignment is clear, the experts of the NHAI will take up feasibility study on the expressway,” he said.

He said the expressway will be under public private partnership. “We are not making a parallel road to the exiting roads to Chennai. The alignment of the expressway will be drawn away from Housr Road and Chittore Road,” he added.


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