Karnataka civic group spends Rs 560 crore for PM Modi’s Yoga Day visit, figures show

Karnataka’s municipal bodies and regional authorities spent around Rs 560 crore, mainly on laying out all the equipment during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Karnataka during the two-day International Yoga Day. The paths taken, data released by the respective agencies are shown.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Karnataka at around 12.30pm on Monday and participated in several projects. On the same day, he traveled to Mysore, the next day he participated in International Yoga Day (IDY) and traveled to Delhi by 11am.

While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has officially disclosed that it spent Rs 23.51 crore on road infrastructure during Modi’s visit to Bengaluru, Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner G Lakshmikanth Reddy said it spent about approx. Rs 10.08 crore for laying asphalt. Roads and cleaning work. Reddy clarified that the MCC has not yet received the bill and released the funds, but a rough estimate put the expenditure at Rs 10.08 crore.

The Mysore Regional Government estimates that it has spent nearly Rs 230 crore during the Prime Minister’s visit to the city. Mysuru District Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham told indianexpress.com that they have not received the bill and the money will be released accordingly. “Rs 100 crore is for urban upgrading, Rs 6.1 lakh is the estimated expenditure of the Ayush Ministry to organise yoga activities and the estimated expenditure of the Public Works Department (PWD) is around Rs 70 lakh. We cannot come up with exact figures now, but these It’s an estimate,” he said.

An official from the Mysuru district government said the expected spending could exceed Rs 230 crore as there are several other bills that have yet to be counted. The official said the prime minister was staying at a hotel in Mysore and that police patrol vehicles, buses deployed for the same location, makeshift tents for Modi’s public speeches and more had not been billed.

Meanwhile, the former chief minister and leader of Janata Dal (secular) HD Kumaraswamy said on Wednesday, “The government has spent Rs 320 crore for Modi’s visit to Karnataka. When drought, floods and Covid-19 occurred, he Didn’t come. He may come a few more times as the election is only 11 months away. With the money he spent on his visit a kbanchaat could be developed. When HD Deve Gowda was prime minister, some critics said he Spent a trip to Karnataka and now critics are cheering Modi.”

In Bengaluru, the municipal agency spent Rs 235.1 crore to develop several roads for Modi’s visit. Many roads that require long-term attention have been asphalted in a surprisingly short period of time.

BBMP Special Commissioner (Projects) Ravindra PN said a total of 14.05km of multiple roads had been developed prior to the Prime Minister’s visit. According to BBMP, the municipality spent Rs 4.06 billion on the 2.4 km section of Ballari Road, Rs 1.55 billion on the 0.9 km section of Tumkur Road, Rs 6.05 billion on the 3.6 km section of University Road, Mysuru The 0.15km section of the road is Rs 3.5 lakh and the 7km section of the Kommaghatta road is Rs 1.15 lakh.

In addition to paving the asphalt, the municipality developed service roads, installed street lights, fixed sidewalks and painted curved medians.

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