Bengaluru: According to sources, tenders to improve and maintain Bengaluru’s 12 high-density corridors have been scrapped.
The decision was made by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai because the Karnataka Road Development Corporation’s (KRDCL) approach for implementing the Rs. 1,120.48-crore project had been hampered by major flaws and had drawn widespread criticism.
CM Bommai asked why already-developed roads were included in the 191-kilometer project. He said that about 51 kilometres of the 191 kilometres have been white-topped, while another 98 kilometres were constructed with the Rs. 200 crore grant received in 2017-18.
He has demanded an explanation from the officials who produced the proposal, saying, “Only about 67 km have not been developed.”
According to sources, the KRDCL, which got the custody of 191 kilometres of road from the BBMP, put aside Rs. 335 crore for initial improvements and another Rs. 785 crore for five-year road maintenance.
The question of KRDCL’s selection of a blacklisted company to take up one of the four packages, recommending a second-lowest bidder above the lowest bidder, and other decisions were raised.