Free water, cheap homes for poor in city

Free water, cheap homes for poor in city

 Free water for slums and one lakh houses for the poor are among the proposals for Bengaluru in the state budget presented on Wednesday.

The government has allocated Rs 4,410 crore for infrastructure and welfare programmes in the city.

The money will be used to improve and top roads with cement, build grade separators and lay a road to connect Kempegowda Layout and Mysuru Road and Magadi Road. It will also help build bridges under and over railway tracks, and create a model BDA township on 166 acres at Konadasanapura on Old Madras Road, about 18 km from MG Road.

The government has announced Rs 200 crore to build footpaths along 400 km of road. Stormwater drains get an allocation of Rs 300 crore.

The government plans to spend Rs 88 crore on an underbridge and on widening an overbridge at the Hebbal junction on the Outer Ring Road.

Bengaluru infrastructure projects mostly come under the BBMP, which gets Rs 2,391 crore in the budget. The BDA gets Rs 480 crore.

The government is setting aside Rs 1,338 crore for water and sewerage projects. It plans nine new sewage treatment plants.

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