The project, aimed at discouraging use of more private vehicles, will be completed in the next four years with an investment of Rs 615 crore.
A Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) to promote usage of public transport will be introduced in the city and Mysore, Karnataka Transport Minister N Cheluvarayaswamy said today.
Talking to newspersons here, he said the project, sponsored by the Centre, would be commissioned in the next two months in Mysore. The project, aimed at discouraging use of more private vehicles, would be completed in the next four years with an investment of Rs 615 crore. However, details for the project in the city were not made available.
Mr Cheluvarayaswamy said the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation would take up several other development projects like
augmentation of 740 new schedules, purchase of 1,550 new buses, including 50 Volvo buses, and Inter Model Transit Centre at Peenya in the city in the coming months. It had also taken up upgradation of infrastructure facilities at bus stations across the State.
The KSRTC's revenue reached an all time high of Rs 1,272 crore in 2006-07, a growth of 17 per cent as against Rs 1,086 crore in 2005-06.
BIJAPUR: Minister for Tourism and Infrastructure Development B. Sriramulu has said that a Rs. 50-crore proposal has been submitted to the Department of Finance for the development of tourism-related infrastructure in the State.
Inaugurating a workshop on “Scope for Tourism Development in Bijapur” here on Wednesday, Mr. Sriramulu said he was hopeful that the proposal would be approved soon.
He said that while there were good number of heritage sites, scenic spots and other destinations in the State, they lacked proper approaches. Also, a lot had to be done to provide good facilities, including decent accommodation, information and viable transport to tourists. He said that if the proposal was implemented, it would go long way in tapping the tourism potential of the State, particularly in the north Karnataka region that had remained neglected so far.
Referring to the historical city of Bijapur, the Minister said that it had a number of classic monuments, the tourism potential of which had remained untapped. The Tourism Department had decided to release Rs. 6 crore for the development of tourism-related infrastructure in the city. Therefore, he was asking Deputy Commissioner V.B. Patil to prepare a plan and submit it immediately.
Mr. Sriramulu said that the Infrastructure Development Department had already released Rs. 10 crore for the development of an airport in Bijapur, for which the process of land acquisition had already begun. He said a sum of Rs. 10 crore had been released for gauge-conversion work on the Bagalkot-Gadag section of the Sholapur–Gadag railway line, which was being executed jointly with the South Western Railway. The work was expected to be over by the year-end. Then, heritage sites such as Hampi, Bijapur, Badami, Aihole and Patadkal could be brought under a tourism circuit, and tourists could be offered an attractive package on the lines of the “Palace on Wheels”, he said.
BANGALORE: It is official. The green belt area is down to 419.50 sq. km. and urbanisable area has gone up to 800 sq. km. in the 1219.5 sq. km. of Bangalore Metropolitan Area, the planning area of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA)....
On suggestion from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, the BDA has earmarked buffer zones of 50 m, 25 m and 15 m respectively on either side of the primary, secondary and tertiary canals respectively in Vrishabhavati, Arkavathy, Bellandur and Hebbal valleys. The draft master plan had earmarked the entire region as buffer zone and therefore allowed no development....
HASSAN: Energy Minister H.D. Revanna has said the first unit of Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) that will produce 500 MW power is ready and will be dedicated to nation shortly. A function will be arranged at Kudathini which is 25 km from Bellary.
Mr. Revanna was addressing presspersons at Singapura village in Holenarsipur Taluk on Monday, after inaugurating primary health centre. He said that a sub-station would be started at Singapuraat at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
The Minister said that priority had been given to modernisation and improvement of the existing system but now priority would be given to power generation. He said Rs. 200 crore was being spent on modernisation of Hemavathi canals and that the work would be completed in four months.
Mangalore: Singapore is keen to lend expertise in setting up information technology (IT) parks in tier-two cities of India in general and Karnataka in particular on lines of projects executed in Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Pondicherry, the Consul-General, Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai, Ajit Singh said. They were also willing to share expertise in developing townships for IT parks and special economic zones (SEZs), he said.
Participating in an interaction meet with the members of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Tuesday, Mr. Ajit has said the IT Park built by a Singapore company in Chennai was running to capacity. The second and third phases of IT park venture there had been booked to capacity even before the project could take off. Singapore’s expertise in critical areas of IT infrastructure could be replicated in other centres as well, he said.
Referring to the Coastal Special Economic Zone coming up in the city, Mr. Ajit said his country would look at collaborations to set up integrated townships for the SEZ here. Referring to other possible areas of interest in India, Mr. Ajit said Singapore could lend expertise in critical infrastructure areas such as airports and seaports. The Port of Singapore Authority had evinced interest in setting up the second terminal at Chennai port.
The Singapore Government was keen on participating in the airport expansion project in Chennai to be taken up by Airports Authority of India.
On India-Singapore relationship, Mr. Ajit said his country was seventh largest investor in India. It had emerged as the third largest investor in the country between January and November 2006 and was one of India’s top four trading partners. The trade between India and Singapore was $ 16 billion last year. Singapore was keen to expand relationship with India, he added.
According to a latest national survey by IDC along with Dataquest magazine which ranked 117 top technical and engineering colleges in the country, Karnataka had one out of four colleges.
Karnataka is home to 25 per cent of top engineering and technical colleges in the country with Indian IT hub Bangalore alone contributing 22 per cent.
According to a latest national survey by IDC along with Dataquest magazine which ranked 117 top technical and engineering colleges in the country, Karnataka had one out of four colleges.
A release from Dataquest said the ranking was based on composite scores arrived on the basis of parameters such as placements, infrastructure, academic environment, industry interface and HR perception.
Besides Bangalore such schools were in Bellary, Mysore, Tumkur and Udupi in Karnataka.
The other cities which contributed significantly to the 117 best T-Schools from South India included Chennai with seven, Delhi five and Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of Delhi, six.
The PES Institute of Technology in Bangalore made it to the top five list from South India with global salaries scaling new highs.
The T-Schools had a very unlikely visitor on their campus looking for employees. It was European major Schlumberger Limited, the world's largest oilfield services corporation operating in 80 countries with 70,000 people of 140 nationalities and revenues topping 19 Billion US Dollar.
The kiosks will run on public-private partnership model
They will also come up in various parts of the State
MYSORE: To provide a range of public utility services to the citizens of Mysore under a single roof, the State Government will soon set up MysoreOne kiosks on the lines of BangaloreOne.
Once the MysoreOne kiosks are set up under the Government’s e-governance initiative, the residents of the city will have to make just one stop for paying water, electricity and telephone bills, besides booking railway and flight tickets.
After the resounding success of BangaloreOne, the Government has approved the setting up of such e-governance centres in various parts of the State, including Mysore.
Assistant Director of Electronic Delivery of Citizens Service, Bangalore, S.B. Sarangamath told The Hindu over phone that the Government had invited tenders from private players for deployment, maintenance and operation of the softw are required for running MysoreOne kiosks.
Besides Mysore, such e-governance kiosks, which are run on the public-private partnership model, will be set up in Hubli-Dharwad, Mangalore, Gulbarga and Belgaum.
“The e-governance kiosk in Hubli-Dharwad, which is scheduled to start in two to three months, will be a pilot project. Subsequently, such kiosks will be set up in Mysore, Gulbarga, Belgaum and Mangalore simultaneously,” he added.
Apart from accepting water, electricity and telephone bills, MysoreOne will offer a host of utility services such as renewal of licences, accepting of road tax, issue of bus passes, reserve tickets for trains and flights and accept applications for passport.
People can pay property tax and penalty for traffic violations at the kiosks which will also issue birth and death certificates.
No extra cost: “All these services will be made available to the citizens of Mysore at no extra cost,” Mr. Sarangamath said.
The Electronic Delivery of Citizens Service, which comes under the Government’s e-governance Department, has already prepared the software for the e-governance project by networking with various Government agencies and private sector companies offering a range of services.
“The software is a property of the Government. If BangaloreOne is to be replicated in other cities, the database has to be strengthened. A sum of Rs 1.25 crore has been set aside for the purpose,” he added.
Deployment of personnel to man the kiosks, besides maintaining and operating the software would be responsibility of the private player. The Government would facilitate networking with various government departments and agencies for the successful implementation. The Government would also set up a cell with district-level officers to monitor the project, Mr. Sarangamath said.
About five to six lakh transactions were taking place across the 16 BangaloreOne centres every month, he said. “We will study how the kiosks in Hubli-Dharwad fare before starting the service in other places. It may take about a year for MysoreOne kiosks to start functioning,” Mr. Sarangamath added.
Bidar: Bidar is witnessing an unprecedented real estate boom with three development projects coming up in and around the city.
The Medical Council of India has given green signal to a government medical college. The Defence Ministry has agreed to the request of the State Government to utilise the Bidar Air Force Base for starting civil aviation.
Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries University situated in 150 acres of land has plans to double its campus size.
These developments have pushed up the value of agriculture and non-agriculture land in and around Bidar.
The airport’s civil enclave will come up in the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board’s industrial area between Kolar K. and Jamistanpur.
Nearly 125 acres of unused land in the KIADB area will be handed over to the Airports Authority of India.
This has led to the increase in the value of land in villages surrounding the KIADB area such as Naubad, Kolar K., Bakchodi, Nizampur, Chowli, Chondi and Jamistanpur, according to sources in sub-registrar’s office.
The sources said that the value of land in villages near the proposed civil enclave had gone up to Rs. 8 lakh an acre.
However, real estate dealers said that the prices were even higher.
Some contractors recently bought land at Rs. 35 lakh an acre at Naubad.
There was a good demand for non-agriculture land in that area, engineer and developer Ravi Mulge said.
“Opening of a medical college has its impact on the city. House rent around the district hospital has almost doubled and it is almost impossible for a middle-class family to buy a house in Bidar now,” R. Balakrishna, senior banker and trade union leader, said.
“A year ago, you could rent a single bedroom house in the city for less than Rs. 1,000. The rent has doubled now,” he added.
The University is finding it difficult in procuring land in Nandi Nagar, Yadalapur, Marzapur, Kashempur, Bellur and Kamthana.
Earlier, people bought land for Rs. 1 lakh in Kamthana. But now, no farmer is willing to sell land even for Rs. 5 lakh an acre, according to Kushalrao Yaba, zilla panchayat member from Kamthana.
With all developments and possibilities of an accelerated economy, Bidar may longer remain a backward area.
There will be more money in the market, even though it may not change the life of all, according to professor of Economics Venkob Rao.
The much awaited Mysore-Bangalore railway line doubling will be completed by 2009, according to Parliamentary Railway Standing Committee Chairman Basudeb Acharie. Speaking to media persons here on Thursday., he said the committee was on a visit to Mysore railway workshop and meet officials.
Acharie said the electrification would be done along with the line doubling. “Mysore division is doing a good work. Some modernisation is required to give facelift to the division. We will recommend the ministry to sanction necessary funds,”...
Gulbarga: The State Government will upgrade nearly 3,000 km of district main roads to State highways in north Karnataka districts, MLA Vishwanth Patil Hebbal said here on Saturday.
He said that in Gulbarga, nearly 223 km of district main roads will be upgraded. They included the road from Firozabad Cross to Shahabad, Madbul, Rummangud and Chengta, from Handaraki to Chitapur, Tengli, Hebbal and Aralakal, Bidar-Chincholi and Chincholi to Sedam and from Afzalpur, Ghattargi, Devar Navadagi and Sindagi.
The projects for the 6-lane road from Bangalore to Hosakote and 4-lane road from Krishnarajapura to Nangali will be started from September onwards, informed Union Minister of State for Land Transport and Highways K H Muniyappa.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, he said the Government had signed a tender contract with a private company with regards to these road projects. All the initial formalities had been completed and the project was supposed to start. It is estimated that the projects would be completed within 24-26 months, he added.
He said, once the National Highway 4 would be expanded, there would be an increase in the number of industries coming to Kolar. Entrepreneurs and industrialists from Delhi and Mumbai are expected in Kolar. Already several companies had contacted him in this regard, he informed.
It is being discussed to facilitate these industrialists who arrive from different parts of the country, in establishing units in silk, food processing and export of vegetable produce. This is being discussed with District In-charge Minister Alanguru Shrinivas and with the the help of Union and State governments, these industries would be estatlished in Kolar, the minister stated.
A project has been prepared to develop agriculture, horticulture and water conservation in the district, with the help of the Japan Bank of International Co-operation Institute. The union minister related to this project had contacted the State government in this regard. This project would be implemented once the State government guarantteed the proposal, Mr Muniyappa said.
He said, the Kolar-Chickballapur broadguage conversion work was going on in full speed. If connectivity was provided from Shrinivaspura to Chittoor, then, direct network with other parts of the country will be possible. The farmers’ agricultural produce can also be exported through this network. Discussions are on with the Union Railway Minister in this regard, the minister added.
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Most of the rural roads in the taluk will be asphalted and connected to the National Highway, said MLA K Shrinivas gowda.
He was speaking after performing the ground breaking ceremony of the road which passes through Holur, Bennaguru, Chilapanahalli, Annihalli, Matthikunte and connects to Kolar, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.38 crores under NABARD scheme at Chilapanahalli on ON Sunday.
The scheme under NABARD will be completed within eight months which will benefit people from Holur, Matthikunte, Yaldur, Lakhsmisagar and other places which takes less time and low expense too, he added.
The road works will be connected to the national highway after the completion of works, he said.
He also said that he would work for the development of villages and help to provide all the basic facilities such as drinking water, roads, transportation, cleanliness, water and other basic amenities.
As the masterplan for Hampi Development has been approved and notified by the State Government, a Hampi co-ordination committee has been formed to oversee a host of initiatives to make Hampi a world-class tourism destination.
The committee will be chaired by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism Dr Christy Fernandez and will have State Tourism Secretary and Principal Secretary, Infrastructure as members along with stakeholders. The stakeholders include Indian Railways, Airport Authority of India, Archaeological Survey of India, the State Government and different airlines.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Dr Fernandez said Hampi was “no less important or less thrilling than the Taj.”
In a host of new initiatives, 232 acres of land will be utilised and developed to improve accessibility within Hampi area. Land has also been identified outside Hampi for development of hotels, restaurants, resorts and amusement parks. Ninety acres of land has been identified near the Hospet Railway Station, which can be used by private parties to improve amenities.
Plans to improve connectivity to Hampi, including more scheduled and chartered flights, are on the cards. The Railways Tourist Catering Corporation has offered to improve its services to develop facilities at Hospet Railway Station, he said.
He also announced that work will start on the Anegondi bridge which was abandoned due to objections by UNESCO which has been sorted out.
The Interpretation Centre, a one-stop introduction centre for visitors on Hampi, is in the pipeline. This will include reading material and touchscreens, along with curio shops to quench the visitor’s curiosity. Work was abandoned on the centre earlier as UNESCO had raised objections which have been sorted out.
The interpretation centre, which will be located close to Kamalapur, will come up on 44 acres of land.
GULBARGA: The State Government has decided to upgrade the inter-State highway connecting Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, passing through Gulbarga district, from Ripponpalli in Andhra Pradesh to Waghdhari in Maharashtra under the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, and tenders will be floated shortly for the work.
Official sources told The Hindu here on Monday that the 141-km road from Ripponpalli to Waghdhari, passing through Sedam, Gulbarga, Chitapur, and Aland taluks in Gulbarga district, was considered to be one of the important highways having potential to become one of the major State highways generating economic activity in the region.
The proposal for upgrading the road to a national highway taking into consideration the high volume of traffic on the road, due to the presence of two important cement factories in Sedam taluk, would reduce the distance from Gulbarga to important cities in Maharashtra, including Solapur, Pune and Mumbai, and Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
This important highway is now in a bad shape; it is good only at some places, and as per the rough estimates prepared by the Public Works Department, the cost of the project would be around Rs. 200 crore.The sources said that if the project comes through, it would be the first State highway in north Karnataka to be taken up under BOT.
Although the proposal for upgrading the inter-State highway passing through Aland, Afzalpur, Gulbarga and Sedam Assembly constituencies was under the consideration for several years, the Government had not taken a final decision on the proposal.
Besides transportation of cement, vehicles transporting red gram and other pulses from Gulbarga district to Maharashtra would use the inter-State highway after it was improved.
HUBLI: Praveen Kumar, general manager of South Western Railway, inaugurated several passenger amenities set up at the Hubli Railway Station here on Monday.
The passenger amenities inaugurated on Monday, included coach guidance system, reservation availability display on television, display systems of arrival and departure of trains, touch screen systems and global positioning system (GPS) based master slave digital clock and hotline interactive voice response system (IVRS) phone. Mr. Praveen Kumar expressed satisfaction over the initiatives taken by Hubli division of SWR.
He suggested some changes to be made for improving the passenger amenities provided at the Hubli Railway Station. Rakesh Vatash, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division, explained the new amenities provided to rail commuters. He said the coach guidance system had been provided at all the four platforms in the station and at the concourse.
The two plasma television sets at the passenger reservation centre (PRS) would display the online reservation availability status.
The touch screen system at the concourse would enable to passengers to make PNR enquiry and know reservation availability and the same could be done by using the two hotline IVRS phones provided at the concourse, he said.
Eleven GPS-based master slave digital clocks had been installed at all the four platforms, the concourse, the PRS centre and the main entrance, he added.
Chitradurga: The proposal to upgrade the railway track of the district by South Western Railway will soon come as a gift to the people here.
The out-of-turn proposal (which is not announced in budget) of upgrading railway track between Chikjajoor of the district to Raidurga of Andhra Pradesh was mooted last year.
The upgradation of around 131-km track is expected to be completed by March 2008. The project was made with an intention of providing better rail connectivity to the people of the district since it was district headquarters.
An official of the South Western Railway told The Hindu that as per the plan, upgrading the track between Chikjajoor and Challakere had been completed and by March the work between Challakere and Raidurga would be completed, he said .
After the upgradation, four express trains, including Karnataka Express, was expected to pass through Chitradurga station. The number of goods trains would be augmented to at least seven a day.
This was expected to help the people of the district in reserving the journey tickets and also to transport goods. At present, the station received seven trains daily with the passenger density of about 300 a train.
Looking at the future requirement, the South Western Railway had started expanding the platform and adding other amenities such as toilets, waiting rooms, VIP lounge and increasing parking area. The official said that about Rs. 70 crore would be spent for expansion.
The present size of the platform was around 60 metres which would be increased to 180 metres. The officer said some facilities like toilets were inadequate and they would be improved. The working hours of the reservation counter would be increased to fulltime, from the present six hours.
BANGALORE: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday inaugurated an advanced jewellery design technology centre to train jewellers in the use of advanced technology here. The centre will also help in developing new designs in jewellery using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
The centre has been set up on the basis of public-private partnership at a cost of Rs. 3.8 crore. The State Government has given Rs. 1.78 crore under the Central Government’s Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) scheme. Dassault Systems of France has given the design software.
Mr. Yediyurappa said such centres would help in upgrading the hereditary skills of jewellers and enable them to prepare quality ornaments in quick time. The Government had given Rs. 30 crore to set up jewellery design centres in Bangalore and Karwar. It would give job-oriented training to one lakh people under Suvarna Kayaka Yojane, he said.
M.H. Dhananjaya, Director (Technical), J.S.S. College, Mysore, said the centre was the first of its kind which focussed on jewellery design technology.
It would train jewellers in casting technology, computer-aided-design for jewellery designing, fabrication and training on faceting (machine cutting), he said.
Six incubation centres would be provided for new entrepreneurs to establish their enterprise and make use of the facilities, he said.
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