BSY becomes Santa after X'mas

Slew of promises made with an eye on next months BBMP elections

 
Among the promises made were introduction of a health insurance scheme for the poor on the lines of Suvarna Arogya Kavacha Yojane, promulgation of an ordinance to regularise unauthorised constructions in the City and filling up of 4,000 vacant posts of civic workers (poura karmikas). The announcements were made after a meeting with Palike officials and City MLAs here on Saturday.

Elaborating on the insurance scheme, Yeddyurappa said: “Members of SC/ST community, autorickshaw drivers, BPL card holders and workers from unorganised sector will be covered under this insurance scheme.”

In the meeting that lasted for hours, it was also decided that an action plan would be prepared to regularise slums that have come up on revenue land. The Government has also decided to reserve government land under BBMP limits for the use of public entities. “They will be used to build playgrounds, parks and schools,” he said.

Works undertaken

Elaborating on the developmental projects undertaken by the State, he said that BBMP had taken up 24, 412 works at the cost of Rs 6,378 crore over the last 19 months, of which 4,878 works at the cost of Rs 1,474 crore are under progress.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has completed 720 works at the cost of Rs 175 crore in the past 19 months and 206 works involving an expenditure of Rs 1,800 crore are under various stages.

The Bangalore Development Authority has taken up 1,554 works at an expenditure of Rs 623 crore and 949 works have been completed during the last 19 months, while 466 works are under various stages.

Yeddyurappa added that BBMP proposes to take up 127 works at a cost of Rs 3,400 crore in the next three years, while BWSSB plans to take up 305 works at an expenditure of Rs 4,000 crore.

In order to oversee the infrastructure projects being undertaken by the BDA, the government plans to set up a empowered committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister.

Regularisation

Breathing life to the much-awaited Akrama-Sakrama programme, the Chief Minister assured that the scheme to regularise unauthorised constructions is on track.

He said that an ordinance will be promulgated to regularise unauthorised constructions. When questioned as to when this will happen, he said: “We will convene a cabinet meeting tomorrow and decide about it.”

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