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City roads to be repaired on priority

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, NOV. 9. With the information technology sector (IT) complaining about the poor condition of roads in Bangalore, the Government is taking up repair works on priority on three stretches of roads — Bannerghatta, Airport and Sarjapur — in the city.

The matter will come up before the next meeting of the Cabinet for approval, including re-tendering, if necessary, according to the Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna.

He, however, said the road works were being taken up as the Government was committed to improving infrastructure and not at the behest of the IT sector.

The cost of the road repairs on the three stretches would be nearly Rs. 34 crores.

Another 10 roads would be taken up for repairs soon, he said and attributed the delay in starting the work to incessant rainfall. Mr. Revanna said rain and overloading of vehicles had damaged the roads.

To check movement of overloaded trucks, he would hold a discussion with the Minister for Transport (M. Mallikarjun Kharge) asking him to direct the Regional Transport Offices to penalise overloaded vehicles.

On national highways, the permitted weight was 40 tonnes, but many truck owners were violating the norm.

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Giving details of the road network in the State, he said the stretch was 30,824 km of major district roads, 17,013 km of state highways and 3,967 km of national highways.

The Government had released Rs. 40 crores for the major district roads.

He said the Bidar-Srirangapatna highway would be taken up as a fast-track project.

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