Karnataka Budget 2018 has several announcements for the state and IT capital of India. Presenting his record 13th state budget, chief minister Siddaramiah gave primacy to Bengaluru in his Rs 17,196 crore urban development budget. The state government also aims to make Bengaluru the e-vehicle capital of the country. The CM said that white topping of 150-kilometre of Bengaluru roads will be done and 88 lakes will be rejuvenated.
As much as Rs 2500 crore has been allocated for new schemes in the city. The money will be spent on the development of 14 roads for alternative connectivity to ease the inconvenience caused by jams due to Metro work at Whitefield. The government will also undertake the task of “comprehensive development” of around 100-km of the city roads. A multi-storied parking facility will be built under PPP-mode at Gandhi bazar near Jayanagara Complex.
For the rejuvenation of Bellandur Lake, which often makes news for catching fire, the budget provides Rs 50 crore. Also, 250-km of footpaths will be developed on different roads.
Siddaramaiah said that a new heavy vehicle driving training centre will be set up in the state capital as well as at Dharwad.
In Bengaluru rural district, an industrial township will be set up. Ten other districts where industrial townships will be set up are – Koppal, Bellary, Yadgir, Dharwad, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara and Ramanagara.
On the lines of ‘Amma Canteen’ started by Late Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, ‘Namma’ canteens will be set up in Bengaluru city at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
For traffic management, the CM said a Japan government assisted programme will be implemented in selected areas of the Bengaluru.
In collaboration with Central Silk Board, sericulture tourism on Bengaluru-Mysuru corridor will be promoted, while an international-level ‘live museum’ will be set up sericulture area of Channapatna.
The budget also provides Rs 100 crore for building a high-security branch at Bengaluru Central Prison.
The CM said that a permanent memorial to honour the bravery of police will also be set up.
For Namma Metro – Rs 4202 crore has been approved for Phase 2(A) – 17 km route from Silk Board to KR Pur; Rs 5950 crore for Phase 2 (B) – 20.06 km from Nagawara to the international airport.
For water supply, CM said Bengaluru will get 775 MLD Cauvery water on a daily basis from the Rs 5500 crore-Cauvery water supply scheme stage- v being undertaken in assistance with Japan International cooperation agency. CM said that the city will get 2375 MLD water on a daily basis by 2023.
Other announcements made for Bengaluru in the budget include:
– Construction of NAL wind tunnel road; 100-km roads in municipal corporation limits; 150 km major water drains;
– Special Purpose Vehicle to implement projects under smart city project; 12 overbridges and under bridges on major city corridors for Rs 440 crore.
– The budget also announced Housing Complex at Konadasapura in an area of 25 acres.
– CM said that in order to make Bengaluru a model city, a revised master place 2030 is being prepared.
– The state government to introduce public bicycle use system through permit system within corporation limits.