CMC to launch 'Vision 2012 Kolar' for infrastructure

Road widening, installation of high-mast lamps in the pipeline

“A proposal is being prepared to widen selected roads, erecting road dividers, installing high-mast lamps, construction of footpath and storm water drainage for beautification, under the project. A sum of Rs 2 to 3 crore out of Rs 30 crore sanctioned for development of infrastructure will be reserved for these purposes,” disclosed City Municipal Council in-charge president, Rajesh at a press meet here on Thursday.

Following failure of monsoons this year, the City is facing the spectre of groundwater depletion. In this background, it has been decided to construct ten percolation tanks in the City for recharging ground water table. In addition to this, it has also been proposed to construct percolation tanks at all government offices, educational institutions and other private enterprises, and the City Municipal Council would request to lay emphasis on rain water harvesting at all these structures.

Funds to the tune of Rs 30 crore have been released from World Bank for upgrading infrastructure under KMRP project. Road widening, construction of storm water drains and rejuvenation of borewells will be undertaken under the project. An action plan has already been prepared for these works and tenders remain to be called, Rajesh revealed.

Storm water drains

The State government has released special grant of Rs 30 crore for construction of storm water drains in the City. The amount has been distributed in proportion to the work in progress at each ward.”In view of complaints of poor quality work, all the members of the City Municipal Council inspected the work. It was found that the quality of work was poor and accordingly, a resolution was adopted at the City Municipal Council  meeting recommending the government to action suitable action.

Attention has been given to maintain quality in the works now progressing,” Rajesh said. Referring to public resorting to snap protests alleging lack of infrastructure, Rajesh said that while every one has the right to protest in a democratic set-up, there are certain rules to be followed before staging a protest. Prior information must be given to the Police and elected representatives.

People should pay tax for the benefits and there is no meaning in insisting for facilities without complying with these facts, he observed, calling upon citizens to become role models by paying up the taxes before demanding facilities, Rajesh observed. Municipal Commissioner Ramdas was present at the press meet.

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