Bengaluru set for Rs.7,300-cr makeover

The Karnataka State government, under the chief minister's Nagarothana scheme, will take up a slew of projects worth Rs.7,300 crore to revamp the IT City's infrastructure. The cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to projects which aim to bring new amenities in two years. “The finance department has already agreed to release Rs.6,050 crore,“ law minister TB Jayachandra said. The projects involve massive road infrastructure development, construction of underground drainage, stormwater drains and development of footpaths.
With criticisms pouring in over appalling infrastructure, poor traffic and a worsening solid waste management scenario, the government seems to be making a desperate bid to woo citizens before its term ends in two years. The government was also under pressure from industry heads, some of whom are part of the vision group set up by chief minister Siddaramaiah recently . Some investors too had taken a dig at the government at the Invest Karnataka Global Summit.
In the 2016-17 budget, the CM had earmarked Rs.10,000 crore for BBMP against Rs.4,770 crore last year. Jayachandra said a high-level committee will be set up to clear tenders higher than Rs.10 crore to ensure transparency .

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