Bengaluru may not get big projects in new budget | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The cash-starved state government, whose revenues have shrunk because of the pandemic, may not announce new big infrastructure or civic projects for the tech capital in the 2020-21 budget.
At a meeting with BJP legislators from Bengaluru on Tuesday, chief minister BS Yediyurappa made it clear that the government didn’t have funds to spend on major projects.
BJP legislators from 16 of 28 assembly segments in the city handed him a wish list, which included requests for a new government hospital, grade separators and connecting road corridors.
“We reminded the chief minister that Bengaluru has been a catalyst for BJP’s growth in Karnataka over the past decade. Not announcing new development works will be a grave political mistake,” said a senior BJP MLA.
Yediyurappa cited financial limitations, saying the government didn’t have adequate funds to make large allocations for Bengaluru while also ensuring that other regions got their due. “I am in no position to give anything new for the upcoming fiscal,” he reportedly told MLAs.
After studying the wish list, he mentioned that the government was bracing for a revenue shortfall of Rs 25,000 crore, according to BJP functionaries who attended the meeting. “Please tell me, from where do I get funds for you?” he is believed to have said.
BJP MLAs urged Yediyurappa to at least consider existing proposals such as development of high-density corridors and Peripheral Ring Road and construction of houses for slum-dwellers. He apparently said that he would try and accommodate as much as possible.
Just last month, Yediyurappa unveiled the ambitious ‘Bengaluru Vision 2022’ for comprehensive development of the city. With money tight, he is expected to cover only long-pending projects in the budget and avoid making new promises.

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