Bengaluru could get funds in Union Budget for traffic fix

Bengaluru could get funds  in Union Budget for traffic fix

Bengaluru’s chronic traffic problem could get a solution. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has asked the Finance Ministry to allocate funds in the Union Budget 2016-17 to help states to address traffic problems in cities.

As per the ministry’s budget proposals, at least Rs 15,000 crore is required to improve the existing road network and build new roads in Bengaluru. Last year, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa and Bengaluru Urban Development Minister K J George had met the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, and requested him to sanction funds for building an elevated road from Hosur Road to Nelamangala in Bengaluru. Gadkari promised to pursue the matter with the Finance Ministry but asked Karnataka to acquire the required land in a time-bound manner.

The budgetary allocation would not only solve the traffic problem but also remove the urban clog, said an official in the Road Transport and Highways Ministry.

The ministry also proposed involving the private sector in building flyovers, underpasses and vehicle parking complexes.

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