On inspection spree, CM takes a whirlwind tour of city

On inspection spree, CM takes a whirlwind tour of city

On inspection spree, CM takes a whirlwind tour of city
Exactly eight months after he went around the city to inspect the infrastructure bottlenecks, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday toured Bengaluru to oversee preparations to tackle the ensuing monsoon.

During his three-and-half-hour inspection spree, the chief minister visited 10 places, including a surprise stopover at the Observation Home for juvenile offenders.

Siddaramaiah started his tour with a visit to Kino Theatre underpass, which gets flooded everytime it rains. “The BBMP will spend Rs 1.5 crore in order to divert the flow of water to avoid floods,” he said. As a temporary measure, the Palike has deployed pumps to drain out rainwater, but that’s not enough. He also inspected the construction of a stormwater drain to block water getting into Kanteerava Stadium.

TenderSURE work on Richmond Road and Residency Road will be completed by December, Siddaramaiah said. Justifying the delay in realising the project, he said the work on the project was not easy as it involved shifting of utilities. “I have directed the officers concerned to lay concrete roads in TenderSURE projects instead of asphalt. Concrete roads will be developed in a phased manner as they involve high cost,” he said.

He inspected the construction of road-over-bridge (RoB) at Kaggadasapura, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 27 crore. He planted a sapling at HSR Layout Tree Park developed by local citizens. The seven and half acres of recovered government land has been used to plant 800 saplings. Upon learning about the encroachment of seven acres in Iblur Lake, the chief minister directed the deputy commissioner to recover the land.

Madiwala market
The chief minister inspected the Madiwala market, which would be developed at a cost of Rs 15 crore with 440 shops. In the first phase, 151 shops will be constructed at a cost of Rs 7 crore, he said. At present, the BBMP is constructing a concrete road of 900 metres at a cost of Rs 4.4 crore.

Official suspensed
Siddaramaiah suspended BWSSB Chief Engineer (Project), Rudramurthy S P, for ‘negligence and irresponsibility’. While inspecting the work on sanitary lines near Silk Board Junction, Mayor Manjunath Reddy said there was unnecessary delay in completing the project.

The chief minister immediately ordered the suspension of the officer, who was responsible for the works and directed the BWSSB officials to complete the project by December.