Vijayapura: Following the City Corporation election, several development works are taking place at a faster pace in the City, which is being taken up by City Corporation and also by Public Works Department (PWD).
According to City Corporation Commissioner Vijaykumar Makalaki, the Corporation alone has taken up around Rs. 100 Crore worth of development projects while PWD has launched around Rs. 150 Crore worth of projects in the City limits.
Mentioning the few prominent works being taken up by the Corporation and the PWD, Makalaki said that Solapur road of the City is being developed on the lines of the recently developed Athani Road by constructing the road, developing stormwater drainage on either side of the road and installing streetlights. Ram Nagar Road, which has been extensively damaged due to heavy rains will be taken up for development, he noted.
“We have started the works of Ram Nagar Road but since some resurvey is being carried out to remove the encroachment, we have stopped the work for a while. After the survey, we will resume the work,” he said.
“Similarly, Managuli Road is also under development. The works were started a couple of months ago, but due to rains, the works got hindered. Jal Nagar Road works are under process, and without a week, the laying of asphalt would start,” he added.
“Besides these ongoing works, shortly, the road between Railway Station and Shivaji Circle would also be started as the project is under the tender stage. After granting tender, then work would start. It is one of the prominent roads that needed to be developed,” he said.
Makalaki said that the City Corporation has started the works under special funds of Rs. 80 Crore given by the Government around four months ago.
Admitting that some works got delayed, he said that because of the rains and later imposition of a model code of conduct, the City Corporation could not start civic works.
He also admitted that the presence of Corporators also helps in speeding up the development works as they act as a link between the Corporation and the public. “It is difficult for the City Corporation alone to visit areas or collect public feedback. This work is done by the Corporators. When they bring issues to our notice, it helps in planning for the programmes and their implementation based on the availability of funds,” he said.
Claiming that he is happy that most of the newly elected Corporators are very enthusiastic about the development works, he said that when all the Corporators, cutting across the party lines, work in unity for the development, then it is possible to bring about a radical change in the infrastructure.
“I hope that all the newly elected Corporators cooperate and coordinate for the development of the City without playing politics in the matter of development,” he said.
Meanwhile, some of the Corporators also expressed gratitude to the City Corporation officials for cooperating with them in taking up development work.
Vimala Kane, an independent corporator of Ward 24 said that the officials are heeding to their demand and have launched development works in their wards.