The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) was often at the receiving end due to the poor road conditions in the city. As of April 1, a total of 190 km of streets in the city that have been classified as high-density corridors will be available to Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL) for development and maintenance from the BBMP.
According to sources in the BBMP, discussions were taking place at the state government level about the handover of these main roads to the KRDCL. The issue was also discussed at the Coordinating Committee meetings chaired by Secretary General T.M. Vijay Bhaskar.
BBMP officials said they did not know the reasons for the move, despite the fact that citizens indicated that this undermined the authority responsible for all streets in the city.
“The city has more than 18,000 km of roads, including arterial and sub-arterial roads, that are maintained by the BBMP. We have also started work on the 190 km corridors, including slope separators, road widening and white pavement, ”said BBMP officials.
Officials added that they had been instructed to take stock of the roads, including details of the condition of the roads and footpaths, the width of the lane, work in progress, etc. In the meantime, the government has reportedly asked the KRDCL to prepare a cost estimate for the funds needed to maintain and develop these main corridors.
Officials added that until the work commenced, the battery limits (where the work will be carried out) would be maintained by the BBMP. “After the work is completed, they will be handed over. Future projects must be carried out by the KRDCL in consultation with all the authorities concerned, ”said the officials.
Moving citizens question
Question this, N.S. Mukunda, founding president of the citizens' action forum, wanted to know whether the KRDCL is equipped to cope with the urbanized routes with high density. He stressed the importance of citizen participation and transparency and said that if the corridors were handed over to KRDCL, a committee of citizens or community committees should be asked to monitor all development work and to certify that the bills should be cleared.
However, Srinivas Alavilli of Citizens for Bengaluru said citizens should oppose the move as it violates the principles of local government. “The BBMP should be our local sarkara, Why does the state government disturb and undermine the local body? “He asked.
KRDCL authorities were not available for comments.