BENGALURU: Even as many major roads in the city are being upgraded under the TenderSure model, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is set to take up one more major project for white topping of 24 arterial roads in the city.
The state cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal from BBMP for turning 24 arterial roads in the city into concrete roads. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 800 crore.
Announcing the decision, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said, “The works would be implemented under the package system. It would mean long-lasting, good quality roads free from potholes for the motorists in the city.” However, the minister could not furnish the list of the roads that would be white-topped.
The cabinet also approved a proposal for extending the Police Personnel’s Family Health scheme for the families of the retired police personnel too. A grant of `20 crore was approved for the purpose.
Services of 5.5K pourakarmikas under BBMP to be regularised
The proposal for direct recruitment of about 11,000 Pourakarmikas (civic workers) in urban civic bodies by framing special recruitment rules was also approved. About 50 per cent of the recruitment would be in BBMP.
The posts would be filled by regularising services of pourakarmikas who are serving on contract basis. Services of about 5,500 workers would be regularised in the BBMP alone.
With this decision, the regularised civic workers would get salary of `25,000. Workers on contract would get salary of `17,000 per month, which would be directly deposited into their bank accounts to prevent the exploitation of the workers by contractors.
The decision would mean a pay hike of about Rs 8,000 for those whose services would be regularised. It would cost the state exchequer `93 crore more annually.