In his Republic Day speech, Karnataka Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot announced that the government has launched projects worth Rs 2,000 crore for the comprehensive development of Bengaluru. He also stated that the government is in the process of inviting tender for the white topping of major roads in the city.
“In order to find a permanent solution to the congestion of Bangalore city, it is proposed to construct tunnel roads at selected places. The process of preparation of Detailed Project Report with the help of international agency for construction of tunnel road of 2 km area has been initiated,” the Governor further said.
Notably, the tunnel road project proposed by Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar and the white topping of roads in Bengaluru’s already developed Central Business District (CBD) area has come under sharp criticism from mobility experts and institutions like the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Experts are of the view that building tunnel roads will only encourage more people to use private vehicles which will further lead to traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on January 9 issued a government order approving the BBMP’s request to white-top proposed roads in Bengaluru. The government approved white-topping work worth Rs 800 crore for 64 km of road network in Bengaluru.
The Governor also emphasised on the ‘Brand Bengaluru’ project of the Karnataka government under which 70,000 suggestions were collected on key urban policy matters. He said that a committee is examining the suggestions and will soon make recommendations to the government.
The governor also highlighted the five guarantee schemes of the ruling Congress government and the impact on the beneficiaries. He stated that over 3.5 crore women in Karnataka including gender minorities are benefiting from Shakti Yojane (free travel for women), around Rs 2,900 crore has been transferred to eligible candidates under Annabhagya Yojane wherein the state is distributing an additional 5 kg food grain to households, and 1.50 crore consumers are benefiting from Gruha Jyoti (free electricity up to 200 units) schemes.
The Governor added that under Gruha Lakshmi (Rs 2,000 cash incentive for woman head), 1.17 crore women have benefited and a total grant of Rs 8,181 crore has been released to beneficiaries under the Yuva Nidhi scheme wherein the government is providing unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,500 for graduates and diploma holders, respectively.