Namma Metro Phase II will get all help: Venkaiah

Namma Metro Phase II will get all help: Venkaiah

Namma Metro Phase II will get all help: Venkaiah

Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said.

Briefing reporters, after a meeting with BMRCL officials on Friday he said work on 72.095-km Namma Metro Phase II will begin shortly and will be completed in five years. BMRCL has made a modest demand of financial assistance and will get due significance, he added. 

He said nearly 81 per cent of 42.3-km stretch of Namma Metro Phase I has been complete and be ready for operation by March 2015. 

Naidu, who met Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and Municipal Administration Minister Qamarul Islam, expressed satisfaction over the implementation of schemes under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). 

Stating that the State has secured 96 per cent in implementation of JNNURM work, he said when compared with other states, Karnataka is the best in the country. But to get additional grant, the State needs to ensure 100 per cent utilisation of the funds, he added. 

Mentioning that urban upliftment is the top priority of the new government and the focus will remain on improvement of water supply, public transportation, job creation, health and sanitation, he said the government plans 100 smart cities across the country and several satellite towns. 

There will be integrated waste management, WiFi service and GIS based town planning in the offing, he added. 

Pointing out that nearly 32 per cent of country’s population lives in urban areas, Naidu said by 2050 nearly 50 per cent of population will be urban dwellers. 

“Considering this, the prime minister has laid emphasis on urban planning. Though there is a need to restrict the rapid growth, you cannot send back migrating people, we need to provide required infrastructure,” he added.