Thursday, February 26, 2009

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I Report gives thumbs up to BBMP I

Work is on in full swing on widening 91 city roads stretching over 144 km as promised by the BBMP in its last Budget, according to the Action Taken Report (ATR) presented with the current Budget estimates on Wednesday.
Some of the roads are on the verge of completion while in others 70 of the work has been done, the ATR says. Over 80 per cent of the work on widening the Bellary and Race Course Roads has been completed, while 40 per cent of the work has been done on Palace Road and Hosur Road, it adds The report says that bus bays have been built on Nrupathunga Road as scheduled and the road alignment between Platform Road and Sheshadri circle has been finalised. It maintains work will begin shortly on the promised road between Rajiv Gandhi Circle and Srirampuram underbridge to provide direct access to Yeswanthpur from Platform Road.

The report claims that much progress has been made on building underpasses and grade separators at six of the promised seven spots, which include the Gali Anjanaya temple, Yeswanthpur circle, Nagavara-Ring Road junction, HennurBanasvadi Ring Road, Kadirenahalli Ring Road, Puttenhalli Ring Road, CNR Rao Circle and Tagore Circle. However, it reveals that the planned elevated road from Rajajinagar entrance to Yeshwanthpur Junction has been dropped after it was not found feasible. Instead the road will be converted into a signal-free stretch. The feasi bility report on the Mysore Road elevated corridor from Sirsi Circle to Kengeri is ready and the BMTC is drawing the final alignment.

The ATR admits to a partial setback in the plan to construct roads over storm water drains, explaining that it has not been found suitable for the stretch from KH Road to the Inner Road in Koramangala and also between Airport Road and Bellandur Tank in Challaghatta. However, the report assures the project will be carried out between Old Madras Road and the Airport Road in Challahatta valley using the Swiss challenge method. A map has been prepared for the stretch between Outer Ring Road and Raja Canalin Hebbal valley.

According to the ATR following the self assessment scheme approved in January 2009, the revised estimate for property tax is Rs 400 crore for 2008-09.

Infrastructure must be given main priority especially in the newly added areas including 110 vil lages. Since, they are part of BBMP they should be brought on par in terms of infrastructure.

Samuel Paul, chairman, Public Affairs Centre Though BBMP has been talking about solid waste management, the system needs to be reorganised. Development of roads and new magic boxes has been given priority in the budget.

N.S. Ramakanth, president, RWA, Kumarapark West Along with proposed PPP road maintenance projects by the state gov ernment and the road maintenance project by the BBMP if used well this budget could have a multiplier effect.

Rajeev Chandrashekhar, MP


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