Lion’s share of allocations for Bangalore
At 15.54 per cent or Rs 4,583.64 crore, the allocation for urban development including Bangalore city tops the sectoral allocation in the state budget. Special allocation for roads, transport, drinking water supply, connectivity to international airport, upgradation of underground drainage system and others form the list of goodies.
Between them, BBMP and BDA will spend Rs 1,300 crore for infrastructure development in Bangalore over the next year. The same is apart from a special programme of Rs 2,000 crore for the upgradation of important roads in the city.
BDA alone will spend Rs 700 crore on land acquisition for roads.
The High Speed Rail Link is not mentioned by name but a note is made of the superfast train between BIAL and city to be taken up under public private partnership.
The government will provide Rs 600 crore in 2009-10, for Bangalore Metro towards its capital share. Recently, it was decided to extend Phase-I of Metro rail’s north-south corridor upto Hesaraghatta cross road in the North and Puttenahalli cross road in the South. An additional Rs 1,763 crore is required to be provided. Around Rs 500 crore will be spent on 1,000 high quality buses to be commissioned through BMTC.
About Rs 40 crore is provided for improving traffic in Bangalore through the implementation of B-Trac project. Bangalore’s parking crisis, however, finds no mention.
Revival of river Arkavathy and recycling of sewerage water are notable in the proposals on the water supply issues.
The long-term drinking water needs of the city is recognised in the allocation of Rs 2 crore for the preparation of a detailed project report for the revival of river Arkavathy.
About Rs 300 crore will be spent on Cauvery IV Phase - II Stage drinking water supply scheme. Revamp of underground drainage will get Rs 600 crore.
Nandi Hills, 60 km from the city, is among a few hill stations to be developed at Rs 10 crore. There is also an assurance to develop night safari facilities in Bannerghatta National Park.