Day before poll code kicks in, CM goes on inauguration spree

Day before poll code kicks in, CM goes on inauguration spree

Housing complex, park-cum-playground, dialysis centre opened

Racing against time to beat the model code of conduct that is likely to come into force on Wednesday when the schedule for Lok Sabha elections will be announced, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah went on an inauguration spree in the City on Tuesday. 

In just a few hours, he inaugurated a housing complex for the poor, a park, a playground and a dialysis centre and flagged off mobile veterinary vehicles. Besides, he launched development works in K R Puram Assembly constituency which is represented by his trusted aide Byrathi Basavaraj. 

After inaugurating the 150-house complex at Sheegehalli in K R Puram, he said the project was launched by the Karnataka Slum Development Board under the Provision of Basic Services to Urban Poor of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM). The houses were built by the Maverick Holdings Private Limited (MHPL). 

Siddaramaiah, who was in a hurry and stayed at the event for all of seven minutes, said it was the government’s priority to provide housing to the poor. He symbolically handed over the title deeds to some of the beneficiaries and said the houses were built in four months at a cost of Rs 6.6 crore (Rs 2.75 lakh per house) using the fast-track technology. 

On the occasion, the MHPL declared it can build 5,000 houses in a year using the technology. “We have set up a factory on Kanakapura Road with the state-of-the-art machinery imported from Spain,” the company said. 

The chief minister later inaugurated a park and playground developed by the BDA at Byathaguntepalya in Sarvagnanagar Assembly constituency which is represented by Home Minister K J George. Spread over two acres, the park and playground have been developed at a cost of Rs 51.35 lakh and are separated by a 225-metre road. Park is on one side of the road and playground on the other. 

Siddaramaiah stressed the need for developing parks and playgrounds for senior citizens and children in every part of the City. He lamented that Bangalore was increasingly losing its once-famed green cover. The BDA and the BBMP should work in tandem to grow trees and develop parks, he added. 

Amid his tight schedule, Siddaramaiah took time to inaugurate the India Campus Crusade convention at Lingarajapuram. The chief minister, who was scheduled to inaugurate the Sakra World Hospital at Bellandur in the afternoon, could not make it there for want of time. The inauguration was thus postponed. 

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