BELGAUM: An action plan of Rs 35.47 crore has been readied to develop basic infrastructure in Belgaum city in the wake of World Kannada Meet (WKM) scheduled here for the second week of March.
Belgaum City Corporation (BCC), the public works department (PWD) and Belgaum Zilla Panchayat (ZP) have submitted the plan to the district administration, which will be forwarded to the government for sanction.
Of the Rs 15.27-crore plan, Rs 4.48 crore has been earmarked for road development, and Rs 4.87 crore for footpaths. Plans are also afoot to develop gardens, build road dividers, additional footpaths at Fort Lake, renovate main market, Kuvempu Hall, and painting of roadside walls, etc.
PWD has demanded Rs 18.80 crore for taking up works on 24 roads in the city. This apart, it will repair and paint 27 government office buildings off main roads at a cost of Rs 1.60 crore. With an estimated cost of Rs 2.50 crore, it plans to construct five arches at the entrances to the city __ near Sambra Road, Bachi Road, Peeranawadi Road, KLE Road and near Sankam Hotel.
PWD will also develop the district stadium, the main venue of the event. Development of pavilion gallery, hand rail, building toilets, waterproof pandal, VIP gallery, etc, are some of its other responsibilities. Parking space for vehicles will be made available on KEB premises.
ZP has sought Rs 1.40 crore to take up repair work of 40 government schools and hostel buildings. It will have to ensure toilet and drinking water facilities at these buildings as they would turn lodge for the delegates. A road will also be built between Desur Cross and Golf Cross.
"It's a preliminary action plan and there are chances of addition and deletion of some works," said DC Ekroop Kaur. The CM may hold a meeting with various committees formed for the purpose in Bangalore on January 7, she added.