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With 30 of the 44 works taken up under the Bengaluru Smart City project completed, the government hopes to finish the remaining 14 projects by the end of this fiscal.

Overall, Rs 1,000 crore was available for Smart City works - ranging from TenderSURE to park redevelopment, introduction of smart technologies and so on - with the Centre and the state government providing funds equally. And, the government planned for works worth over Rs 900 crore.

According to the government, a total of Rs 930 crore will be spent on various projects while Rs 30 crore has been earmarked for administrative expenses.

The Centre and the state government cumulatively released Rs 804 crore between 2018-19 and 2022-23 - Rs 110 crore in 2018-19, Rs 100 crore in 2019-20, Rs 184 crore in 2020-21, Rs 312 crore in 2021-22, and Rs 98 crore in 2022-23.

The details were provided by chief minister Basavaraj Bommai to the legislative council in reply to a question from legislator PR Ramesh.

"Some of the completed works are LED lighting at Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha and MS Building; purchasing high-flow nasal cannula for the directorate of medical education, supplying medical equipment to medical hospitals and institutes such as Rajiv Gandhi institute, Kidwai Memorial Institute, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, and Vani Vilas hospital," Bommai said.

Also, the digital health infrastructure for BBMP and Bengaluru Urban district, smart traffic solution to the traffic police, Shivajinagar bus terminal redevelopment, mini hall for women and child welfare department, and TenderSURE roads have been completed, he added.

"The Centre and state have released Rs 804 crore between 2018-19 and 2022-23 for the projects. We established Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BenSCL) in 2018 to implement the projects and the board of directors held 25 meetings regarding the project and the Smart City Advisory Forum has had seven meetings," Bommai said.

He added that all the proposed works were discussed in detail at these meetings and also in the meetings of the state-level high-powered steering committee.

Alleging irregularities, Ramesh said the funds released were swindled and demanded an audit of all works. Responding to this, Bommai promised to order an inquiry if any irregularities are found.

916 projects in 7 cities

As per separate data presented to the Rajya Sabha by junior Union urban affairs minister Kaushal Kishore, Karnataka has taken up 916 projects worth Rs 15,867 crore across seven cities of Belagavi, Bengaluru, Davanagere, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, and Shivamogga.

These seven are part of 100 across India. And, of all the projects, the state has already implemented 733 projects worth over Rs 9,893 crore, while 183 ones worth Rs 5,974 crore are under implementation. (see table).

However, data with the Union ministry shows Bengaluru has completed 35 projects worth Rs 719 crore. Bommai had said 30 projects have been completed and 15 initiatives worth Rs 357 crore are ongoing. The total cost of all Bengaluru projects is a little more than Rs 1,000 crore.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Santosh Kumar B

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 28.12.2022

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