'Rs 17,802 crore spent on roads'
In the past 10 years, the Bangalore City Corporation has spent Rs 17,802 crore on asphalting roads, said Yediyur councillor N R Ramesh.
Speaking at the council meeting, Ramesh said that from 2003 to 2007, the then Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) had spent Rs 6,460.76 crore. Interestingly, there were only three zones at the time. Five more zones were added in 2007 and the BMP became BBMP. During the period (2007-10), when the administrator was in charge of BBMP, it spent `8798.69 crore. Since the councillors were elected in the past three years (2010-2013), Rs 2,540 crore has been spent.
Ramesh said by spending so much money, all roads in the state could have been developed. “Now, with the GIS tag, all roads in Bangalore have a unique code. With this, road history has to be maintained. This will avoid duplication of works,” he said. He alleged the involvement of officials in road contracts and demanded an inquiry.
BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana said an official committee will be constituted to look into spending on road works.