Elections in four states delay key infra projects in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India


With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues busy with election campaigning in four states and a Union Territory, many infrastructure projects in Bengaluru are being delayed.

BENGALURU: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues busy with election campaigning in four states and a Union Territory, many infrastructure projects in Bengaluru are being delayed.
Union home minister Amit Shah recently said with Modi as PM and BS Yediyurappa as CM, Karnataka has a double-engine government to drive growth in the state. However, many projects continue to be on the slow track.
While the much-delayed Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal in Byappanahalli is ready, it awaits inauguration. “We’re yet to get a date from the Prime Minister’s Office because of elections in multiple states,” said an SWR official. This is also the first centralised AC railway terminal, which will offer an airport-like experience to passengers. The Rs 314-crore station is expected to cater to a footfall of 50,000.
Bengalurueans are also eagerly waiting for the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the long-pending suburban rail project. Though the Rs 15,657-crore project was cleared by the Centre in October 2020, no formal announcement has been made so far. The Centre and state government allocated Rs 800 crore and Rs 850 crore, respectively, for the project during 2021-22 budget.
Rail Infrastructure Development Company Karnataka Limited (K-RIDE), which is executing the works, said they have finalised consultancy tenders on design, land acquisition, station planning, geotechnical survey and investigation and utility mapping.
“We will soon float tenders for civil work of two corridors: Byappanahalli-Yeshwantpur-Chikkabanavara (25km) and Heelalige-Yelahanka-Rajanukunte (46km). The PM is expected to lay the foundation stone for the project,” said an official.
The suburban rail proposal was announced in the 2018-19 Union budget and cleared by the railway board in November 2019. This will be the first modern suburban train system in the country. Commuter trains operating on the proposed network will be similar to Metro.
The inauguration of the re-developed Yeshwantpur railway station is also pending. The station has been upgraded with better passenger amenities under the Rs 10-crore Yeshwantpur redevelopment work.
Namma Metro’s Outer Ring Road-Kempegowda International Airport line is yet to get Union cabinet’s nod. In 2016, BMRCL had prepared a DPR for ORR Metro (Silk Board-KR Puram) and also finalised the tender last year. However, it is yet to issue a work order due to delay in getting Centre’s approval. It is yet to finalise the tender for KR Puram-KIA Metro corridor due to the delay.
“Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was supposed to clear it by March, but it was postponed because of state elections. Public Investment Board (PIB) has already cleared it and the finance ministry has approved the draft cabinet note. We are hoping that it will be cleared by April,” said a BMRCL official.
Tara Krishnaswamy, co-founder of Citizens for Bengaluru, an NGO, said: “Political executives in India should be barred from campaigning and they should focus on governance. They are paid by the taxpayers and they should be accountable to the public rather than merely working as partymen.”

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