CM orders Palike to asphalt 500 km of major roads in city by Dec-end

CM orders Palike to asphalt 500 km of major roads in city by Dec-end

CM orders Palike to asphalt 500 km of major roads in city by Dec-end

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to asphalt 500-km stretch of major roads, out of 1,400 km, in the city and complete the work by December-end.

The directions were issued at a meeting chaired by him to discuss the ongoing projects in Bengaluru.

The work involves asphalting of roads and laying footpaths, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George told reporters after the meeting. Strict deadlines have been set for all the projects that have to be completed by April-May next year, in view of the upcoming Assembly elections.

After the heavy rain damaged roads badly and, potholes caused fatal accidents, Siddaramaiah had set directed the Palike to fill all the potholes by October 25. However, the civic body could not meet the deadline and, Mayor R Sampath Raj had asked for an extension till November 6.

When asked about this, Siddaramaiah said, "We have granted them time until November 6, after which I am going to make surprise visits. If I find any pothole, the engineers concerned will be suspended."

George said, "The works on some of these roads have already been started. We have also started the work of white-topping on 94 km stretch. This will be completed by April and all the roads in the city will be white-topped in phases."

"There has been a delay in building signal free corridors due to difficulty in acquiring lands. We have now got approvals from the HAL. Under the emergency provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, we will be acquiring the land by paying Rs 58 crore. About 3,100 sq km will be used," the minister said. He said the Hennur flyover will be completed within two months.

On Indira canteens, George said that mobile canteens will be launched wherever there is difficulty in setting up a canteen. "As many as 93.12 lakh people have been served in all the canteens until now. As many as 141 canteens are functioning and 16 are ready for inauguration. Mobile canteens will be opened in Okalipuram, Basaveshwaranagar, Bapujinagar, Yediyur and Girinagar among other areas."

New look for 3 roads

Three stretches including Old Airport Road, Ballari Road and Old Madras Road will be given a new look with new street lights, signages and bus bays. The chief minister has set a deadline to complete the work by December.