In the course of his first tour of Bangalore since taking over as chief minister in May this this,Siddaramaiah Saturday told administrators to speed up work on Namma Metro,flyovers and underpasses at key locations,and other pending projects.
The chief minister reviewed work on the metro route and Rajajinagar station and got an assurance from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation chief Pradeep Singh Kharola that the 10 km Reach 3 line between Malleswaram and Peenya will be opened by November. The line was originally scheduled to open in early September.
To provide the people of Bangalore with a safe and efficient mode of transport,the Metro project needs to be completed speedily and on schedule, Siddaramaiah told Metro officials.
The chief minister also inspected the underpass at the CNR Rao junction near the Indian Institute of Science which has been four years in the making though it was to be completed in one. Siddaramaiah was told by IISc security officer Chandrashekhar that the C N R Rao junction had become a nightmare for students and staff of the institute who have to negotiate the construction mess day in and day out. The chief minister directed BBMP commissioner M Lakshinarayana to ensure that the project is completed quickly. The chief engineer of the area will be responsible for finishing the project as soon as possible. If it is not finished early,the engineers will face the consequences and the contractor will be black listed, the CM warned.
Siddaramaiah visited the site of flyovers at Nayandahalli junction on Mysore Road,at Shivananda Circle and at Padmanabhanagar near Deve Gowda Petrol Pump. He had earlier directed that these projects be completed within 18 months after the contracts were awarded.
The CM asked the BBMP to concretise the most-used roads in Bangalore to ensure they last long,are free of potholes and easy to maintain.
On the issue of garbage clearance,Siddaramaiah said it had become a source of embarrassment for the government with the high court and the Governor pulling it up over the issue. He said councilors and other elected representatives should work with the public to keep the IT capital of the country clean.
The chief minister also visited the Pantharapalya slum where residential blocks have been constructed with funds from the JNNURM. Residents there block complained of the lack of proper water supply,and Siddaramaiah directed BWSSB officials to solve their problem. He ordered officials to ensure the residents get ownership and occupancy certificates to the houses soon.
Siddaramaiah later announced that from now on,he will tour Bangalore every two months to oversee developmental projects.
The tour was conducted under tight security. Police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar accompanied the CM while senior officers,including additional commissioner,law and order,Kamal Pant; additional commissioner,traffic and security,B Dayanand; joint commissioners S Ravi and B K Singh; jurisdictional DCPs and ACPs,oversaw security. The security was tightened in view of the recent attack on the chief ministers convoy by people who had been stopped for over an hour to enable the convoy to pass on Mysore Road.
Since the chief minister was accompanied by home minister K J George, several MLAs,corporators,the mayor and dozens of officials,and their retinue,it was no surprise that Bangalore witnessed traffic jams wherever he went.