Pending bills worth Rs 9,000 cr to be cleared

Pending bills worth Rs 9,000 cr to be cleared

'Tenders for road-based projects to be finalised before February'

Pending bills worth Rs 9,000 cr to be cleared

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said the huge quantum of pending bills before the State government had become a constraint for taking up development works in the State, particularly Bangalore, but assured that the State capital would be made into “world class” City within the next five years.

Speaking at the launch of phase-2 of the State Highway Development Project in Bangalore, Siddaramaiah said Rs 2,000 crore dues to contractors is pending in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits alone and blamed the previous government for the financial mess. The total pending bills in the State is a whooping Rs 9,000 crore, he said.

Financial constraints

“We are facing financial constraints due to the pending bills. Also, the previous government did not take quality assurance measures. One  shower and roads come apart and drains overflow. However, we will tackle the problem and ensure development of Bangalore on a par with international standards,” Siddaramaiah said.

He said the government will soon take up asphalting of roads in Bangalore and also take measures for maintenance of flyover and underpasses.

Besides, garbage clearance would be given top priority. Long term planning with a vision for development will be chalked out.

Siddaramaiah said contractors  should be made responsible for maintenance of the project they execute at least for three years. Such a clause should be made mandatory in all contracts, he said.

The chief minister said tenders for road-based projects would be finalised before February next year so that work can commence before the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls comes into effect.