With the forthcoming elections to the Greater Bangalore City Corporation or the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in mind, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who presented the state budget for 2010-11, showered a big bonanza on Bangalore city.
The government proposes to spend a whopping Rs 5,325 crore, about 7.6 per cent of the budgetted expenditure for the development of infrastructure in Bangalore city alone during fiscal 2010-11. Over the last two years, the government spent Rs 6,000 crore on developing infrastructure of Bangalore city.
For the ultra modern metro project, the state has proposed to spend Rs 600 crore in 2010-11. Till now, the state has provided Rs 1,600 crore of its share as capital and loan. The project is being implemented with the Centre’s assistance.
“The government is prepared to provide 50 per cent of the capital required for start local trains in Bangalore city. The Centre will be approached to approve the scheme expeditiously,” Yeddyurappa said.
The Bangalore Development Authority will get Rs 1,000 crore on constructing multi-storeyed vehicle parking centres and for improving 10 important traffic routes in various parts of Bangalore. Another Rs 200 crore will be utilised for improving 25 tanks in the city.
Infrastructure like improvement of city roads, improvement of footpaths, construction of overbridges and underbridges will be taken up through the BBMP at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore. A project of Rs 425 crore for providing drinking water and sanitation facilities to the villages newly added to the jurisdiction of the BBMP will be started through the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. An amount of Rs 100 crore will be utilised to replace the old water and drainage pipes in the older areas of the city.
For the development of other urban centres in the state, Yeddyurappa has announced a new scheme — Mukhyamantri Nagarothana Yojane — from 2010-11. The government will spend Rs 600 crore under the scheme for specific development programmes like drinking water, sewerage system and road development.
“More than 34 per cent of the population of the state lives in cities, and this ratio is increasing every year. There is a need to formulate a systematic plan for providing the appropriate infrastructure facilities for these citizens,” the chief minister said.
To provide sufficient drinking water supply to the fast-growing towns in the state, the government has given it priority and has provided Rs 304 crore for 2010-11 to expand the drinking water supply schemes in 120 towns.
The 24x7 water supply scheme started on a pilot basis in Belgaum, Gulbarga and Hubli-Dharwad have been implemented successfully and this scheme will be extended to other 16 cities of the state, he said.
Yeddyurappa also announced a Rs 50 crore scheme for four-laning the road between Hubli and Dharwad and Rs 25 crore each for Udupi and Yadgir districts.