This is what Bangalore got in 2016-17 budget

As it happens every year, Bengaluru got good amount of money this year too. Here’s a look at the details.

Bangalore Water Supply and drainage Board

The following projects have been approved:

• Water Supply and Underground Drainage Project for 110 villages coming under BBMP at a cost of Rs. 5018 crore approved with JICA loan. It includes components to reduce unaccounted for water of 180 MLD.

• In addition to existing untreated water main pipeline, scheme for extending additional untreated Water Transfer Pipeline between Forbes Sagar to N.B.R and to extend up to T.K. Halli at an estimated cost of Rs. 160.33 crore. In next 4 years STP works at Vrushabhavathi valley, Hebbal, Koramangala and Chellaghatta and Doddabele will be taken up with 25% assistance from the State Government i.e., with an assistance of Rs.355.50 crore.

Following schemes are proposed under “AMRUT” Scheme with State share of 20% and resources of the Board.

• Implementation of Water Supply Facilities to 22 Slums.

• Laying of Clear Water Pipeline from GKVK Reservoir to HBR Reservoir.

• Providing Sewerage Network of 110 Kms in Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Kengeri.

• Construction of Sewage Treatment Plants at Hulimavu, Begur, Sarakki, and Agara lakes and at K R Puram.

Construction of Pump House near Koramangala Sports Complex and to extending of existing main pipe from Sports complex to K&C Valley Treatment plant.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited

27 kms of Metro network has been made operational. Phase-1 project will be completed by the middle of 2016. The contracts for two reaches of phase II have already been awarded. These projects would be completed by the year 2020.

The State Government would work on raising finances through innovative methods to connect Silk Board to K.R. Puram junction and for other new metro lines.

Bangalore Development Authority

BDA has been implementing housing and infrastructure projects from its resources. The following projects will be taken up in 2016-17:-

• Affordable Houses for Economically Weaker Section, Lower Income Group and Middle Income Group are being constructed. In last 3 years out of 8259 flats, 5059 flats have been allotted to the citizens. During 2016-17, 3000 flats will be constructed and allotted to the citizens.

• The formation of Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Layout is in progress and 10,000 sites will be formed and will be allotted to citizens by March 2017.

• Reconstruction of Indira Nagar, Austin Town and R.T.Nagar Commercial complexes will be taken up on P.P.P model.

. With Lake development cess of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, BDA and BMRDA and under Corporate Social Responsibility, rejuvenation work of Bellandur and Varthur lakes will be taken up.

To ease the increased vehicular traffic congestion in Bangalore City, project report for construction of elevated roads from Silk Board to Hebbal Junction (North-South), K.R.Puram to Tumkur Road (East-West1) and Varthur Lake to Mysore Road (East-West2) and other three, covering approximately 100 Kms, at a cost of Rs. 18,000 crore is being prepared. Action will be taken to construct on P.P.P model.

Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike:

Achievements of last two years:-

• 4 major corridors of the city measuring 51.65 Kms are being developed as Signal Free Corridors at an estimated cost of Rs. 440 crore.

• 12 Central Business District roads of 16.57 Kms are being developed under TenderSURE model at an estimated cost of Rs. 200 crore.

• 268 roads of 350 Kms are presently being developed under Chief Minister’s Nagarothana Scheme of 2014-15 at an estimated cost of Rs. 417.17 Crore.

• Under Chief Minister’s Special Grants for 2015-16, 112 main roads of Bengaluru are being developed by PWD at a cost of Rs.260 crore and BBMP is developing ward level roads at a cost of Rs. 797 crore.

Since 2013-14, the government has provided Rs. 5606 crore for the Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. In the last budget speech, CM had announced taking up of special investment plan of Rs.1500 crore. Now, action plan for Rs. 1976 crore has been approved and grants are being provided.

Following works will be taken up in Bengaluru at an expenditure of Rs. 5000 crore under Chief Minister’s special package.

• White topping to selected important city roads of 300 km.

• Based on tendersure model, old city roads and new central business district road network will be developed.

• Development of 1500 Kms roads to provide alternative routes within the road network.

• Development of Russel Market, Johnson Market and Krishnarajendra Market having heritage value.

• All round development of IT-BT Hubs including Whitefield and Peenya Industrial Area.

• Multi level car parking in selected locations in the city.

• Construction of Grade separators in busy junctions of Suranjanadas Road-Old Madras Road, Sarjapura – Haraluru Road, Hulimavu  Junction in Bannerghatta Road and Arakere Junction.

• Rs.100 crore for Lake Development.

• Rs.500 crore for Solid Waste Management.

• Rs.800 crore Construction of Storm water drain

• Rs. 250 crore for the development of 110 villages and City Municipalities and Town Municipalities coming under BBMP.

• Development of footpaths and effective traffic management.

325. In the year 2016-17, including Rs.1000 crore under Nagarothana plan, Rs.2158 crore under Special Investment Plan and Rs. 1064.73 crore through Finance Commission and other grants we are providing total out lay of Rs. 4222.73 crore to Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

Directorate of Urban Land Transport:

Government of India has announced that sub urban Railway scheme will be taken up in partnership with the State. Department will take steps for effective implementation of the scheme and Rs.100 crore will be earmarked initially for this programme. (Last year 100 crores were demarcated for suburban rail. Since it was unutilised the government can carry it over to this year.)

BMRDA

Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) and Greater Bangalore to Bidadi Smart City LPA master plan and Bidadi Smart City Detailed Project Report is being prepared.

In 2016-17, a total outlay of Rs.14,853 Crore is provided to Urban Development Department. Of this, Rs.6044 crore is for works related to Bengaluru.

Revenue.

• By an amendment to Section 79(a) of Karnataka Land Reforms Act, income limit prescribed for purchase of Agriculture land for an individual has been increased from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs.25 lakhs and the powers to issue permission has been delegated to Deputy Commissioner.

• The government has taken custody of about 13370 acres of valuable land encroached in Bangalore Urban and Rural Districts. Action plan is being prepared for the better  utilization of 5500 acres of land out of this in Bangalore urban district. Permanent records are being prepared through completion of survey work of lakes and fixing the boundaries in and around Bengaluru.

Transport

  • Full automation of process of testing and issuance of Learner’s License and Driving License will be rolled out in all RTO offices
  • CCTV cameras will be installed in all Depots, Bus Stations, Regional Work Shops and Divisional Workshops of KSRTC and BMTC.
  • Vehicle Tracking Units (VTU) will be installed in the entire fleet of KSRTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC.
  • Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will be fully operationalized in BMTC. Smartcard for ticketing will be implemented.
  • BMTC has proposed to augment its fleet by 650 buses from its own resources. As one time measure, Government will provide financial assistance in the form of interest subvention to procure 1000 buses in order to reduce congestion of traffic in IT areas like Whitefield, etc.
  • In 2016-17, a total amount of Rs.1656 Crore has been allocated to Transport Department.

Miscellaneous points:

  • Rs 10 crore allocated to agricultural start-ups
  • Beer to be costly with increased tax.
  • Bangalore to get 6044 crores for development
  • Complete tax waiver for non-transport electric vehicles

Some points to note:

  • Last year’s budget estimate for Karnataka’s expenditure was Rs 1.3 lakh crore. Rs 1.63 lakh crore this time. A 25% increase.
  • Bengaluru’s share in 2015 was Rs 4,770 crore, whereas this time it is Rs 6 crore
  • Majority of the allocation to Bengaluru will be spent on taking up various projects by BBMP, BWSSB and BMRCL.
  • The allocation in 2014-15 was Rs 9,476 crore
  • This year’s budget is the last opportunity for the CM before the final budget (which would be populist) to make bold moves prior to 2018 election.

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