CM tours city, says storm-water drain work first priority for govt

CM tours city, says storm-water drain work first priority for govt

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-14 20:09 Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had a busy day on Tuesday. Inspecting development works across the city, the CM said his government had released an unprecedented sum of Rs7,300 cr for development of infrastructure of Bengaluru. “No government had done as much we have done for the city. Even the BBMP that was ruled by BJP for five years failed in providing solutions,” said the CMThe government first priority was to complete the storm-water drain projects, said Siddaramaiah. “In BBMP limits, 842 sqms of storm-water drain repair and fencing work requires Rs4,000 crores. About 115 sqkm of work has been completed and work on 25 sqkm is on,” said the CM, who also asked officials to expedite work on the ongoing six-lane road near KAVIKA Industry circle.During his visit to Peenya, the CM asked officials to finish the completion of SRS Circle and TVS crosslink road work by August 15.At KR Puram Constituency, the CM said that a newly created park would be thrown open to the public in a month’s time. The park - spread on 32 acres of forest land and earlier a quarry pit - will be named after Dalit leader B Basavalingappa, said the CM, adding that Chellakere area in KR Puram had been allotted Rs25 crores for development work.But the CM’s trip was marred by the long train of cars following him. The CM had instructed MLAs and followers to reach his place, where transport would be arranged to ferry legislators and their supporters. But the CM’s plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears with MLAs choosing to move around in their cars. The result? As many as 28 cars were seen following the CM’s official vehicle.Even more bizarre was the CM’s comment when asked about bad roads and potholes. When questioned about the killer pot holes which have claimed a few lives and injured many, the CM said that “people also should be careful”.The CM also swatted away allegations of being superstitious. When the media asked about the government’s recent decision to change the car on which a crow had sat, the CM said the technical team took the decision to change the car as it had logged over 2 lakh km. “I will not subscribe to this version as I do not believe in such blind belief. People say Chamarajnagara district is a jinxed. But I have won six times from that place. I announced state budget at 'Rahu Kala',” said the CM NumbersgameIn 198 BBMP wards, Rs797 cr worth tenders clearedRs219 cr worth works given to PWD departmentRs2,976 cr allotted for road development workRs 1,000 cr for development of lakes and rajakaluvesRs 2,175 cr for pending worksRs2,559 cr to develop 110 villages merged into corporation limits