Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa sets May deadline for Smart City works, claims funds no constraint | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid the pandemic-induced slowdown, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has set an ambitious deadline of May 2021 for completion of ongoing road works under the Smart City project in the central business district (CBD). Funds will not be a constraint for development works in Bengaluru, he claimed.
“By May, most road development works will be completed, while in March 2022, the rest under Smart City project should be over. I’ll again inspect the progress in March or April. I’ve asked officials to focus on quality work rather than worrying about availability of funds,’’ he said.
The CM inspected works on Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Raj Bhavan Road, Hayes Road, Tata Lane, Wood Street, Race Course Road, Head Post Office Junction and Planetarium Road.
As many as 37 works worth Rs 903 crore have been taken up in Bengaluru under the project, which include development of 37 roads and assistance to Covid-19 hospitals. “The projects are in various stages. While four have been completed, 29 are under progress. Four projects are at the tender level,’’ said Rajendra Cholan, managing director, Smart City projects, adding the government has spent Rs 103 crore so far.
Lake revival & tree gardens
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Yediyurappa also reviewed works under Bengaluru Mission-2022 which was launched last month.
He directed officials to complete the tender process for development of 12 high-density corridors by April and start the work. Work on Kengeri line of Namma Metro will be completed by June. And, those on Whitefield and Electronics City lines will be expedited, he added.
The CM said rejuvenation and development of 25 lakes have been taken up. Bellandur and Varthur lakes are also being revived.
Six tree gardens are being developed in different parts of the city. By April-end, a 400-acre tree park at Turahalli will be dedicated for public use. Others at Kadugodi (102 acres) and Machohalli (98 acres) will be thrown open in May and June respectively, the CM said.
A simplified integrated digital portal to issue birth and death certificates, khatas of properties, sanctioning of building plans, etc will also be ready by April.
Chief secretary P Ravikumar has been asked to review works under the Bengaluru Mission every week.

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