'BBMP needs lion's share of funds'

The biggest chunk of investment as per the state government’s plan for upgrading Bangalore’s infrastructure will be required by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The Palike would need a whopping Rs 36,350 crore between 2015 and 2020.

The state government on Thursday presented a case before members of the 14th Finance Commission that upgrading Bangalore’s infrastructure facilities would require Rs 93,041 crore across eight sectors during this period and, sought special assistance for the purpose from the Centre.

In his presentation before the Commission, Urban Development department principal secretary P N Srinivasachary stated that the funds that need to be utilised for key projects to be taken up by the BBMP include strengthening of arterial roads (Rs 18,250 crore), solid waste management (Rs 6,160 crore) and storm water drains (Rs 8,000 crore).

Of the Rs 3,945 crore required by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Rs 2,500 crore would be needed for providing water supply and sanitary facilities for 110 villages added to BBMP limits. About Rs 260 crore would be required for renovating water treatment plant and pumping station of Cauvery stage I and II while Rs 650 crore would be required for restoration of fresh water source at T G Halli.

The BDA would require Rs 5,800 crore for construction of peripheral ring road and Rs 780 crore for development of 102 lakes in jurisdiction.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) would require Rs 23,946 crore for Phase-2 of Namma Metro, while the Directorate of Urban land Transport would require Rs 1,500 crore for sub-urban rail system among other.

Srinivasachary stated that Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Development Authority would require Rs 8,250 crore for Satellite Ring Road and Intermediate Ring Road connecting Anekal, Kanakapura, Ramanagara, Magadi, Doddaballapura, Devanahalli and Hoskote.

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