The condition of Bengaluru’s roads and the way it is maintained in most parts of the city has always been criticized and castigated. Above all, the improper planning of roads is leading to a humongous rise in traffic jams making it worse for a common man. Roads are literally handicapped with potholes, loose gravel spots, and unfinished surfaces. To tackle these issues, the State Government has planned certain things as mentioned in the newly released Karnataka Budget. The Karnataka Budget has allocated a superlative share for city’s infrastructure and transport system.
The chief minister being large-hearted for Bengaluru has allocated nearly 16,000 crores to make the city life better – covering areas like transport, mobility, education, health, housing, and infrastructure.
Here is the list of things planned in the Karnataka Budget to fix Bengaluru’s traffic.
1. Over the next 4 years, under the hybrid annuity at the cost of Rs.15,825 crores, Six inter-connected elevated corridors will likely be constructed. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation will work for this and Rs.1000 crores have already been set aside for the year.
2. At an estimated cost of Rs. 11,950 crores, a 65-km-long peripheral ring road will be constructed on the city’s outskirts. An approximate land of 1,890 acres will be used. This has been approved to be taken up through a Special Purpose Vehicle, which is presently in operation.
3. Under Phase 3, the Government is planning for 95 km of additional metro rail network for Bengaluru.
This will include:
- 42.75 km from JP Nagar to KR Puram
- 12.5 km from Magadi Road Toll Gate to Kadabagere
- 30.7 km from Gottigere to Basavapura
- 18.85 km from RK Hegde Nagar to Aerospace Park
- 10.6 km from Kogilu Cross to Rajanakunte and
- 6.67 km from Ibrur to Carmelram
4. With the launch of 80 electric buses in the city, a direct subsidy of Rs. 100 crore will be provided to BMTC to improve the bus-transport network in the city. A better-fecilitated bus infrastructure could restore people to use public transport, thus minimizing the traffic density.
5. The Government has also decided to enhance the aesthetic beauty of roads. The decision has been made to convert the overhead lines to underground cables in the city. In this context, Bescom will soon start the work in four sub-divisions covering areas like Banaswadi, Kammanahalli, HRBR Layout, Peenya, Jalahalli Cross, Laggere, Bannerghatta, Begur, Hulimavu, Electronic City and Kudlu Gate.
“We have sought the permission from the Karnataka Electronic Regulatory Commission to underground all existing overhead lines because it will help Bescom in the long term. For instance, the current transmission loss of nearly 10% could be reduced to less than 6% when all the overhead power cables are moved underground.” – P Rajendra Cholan, Managing Director, Bescom.
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