The Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation plans to build ‘magic boxes' at two junctions in Hubli as part of its initiative to improve traffic management in the twin cities.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, HDMC Commissioner K.V. Trilokchandra said the State had given in-principle approval for an additional grant of Rs. 100 crore in the coming financial year 2011-2012. This was in addition to the Rs. 100-crore grant sanctioned earlier.
He said that on the State Government's instruction, the corporation prepared and submitted an action plan for Rs. 100 crore.
Mr. Trilokchandra said that Rs. 5 crore had been set aside for improving traffic management. Of this, Rs. 2 crore would be used for the magic boxes and development of parking lots. The remaining Rs. 3 crore would be used to install surveillance cameras, signages and develop link roads.
Mr. Trilokchandra said that the corporation had earmarked Rs. 35 crore for construction and development of roads, drains, pavements and pedestrian subways. As many as 214 works would be taken up under this.
He said that the corporation would take up expansion of the underground drainage system and lateral works at a cost of Rs. 5 crore to begin with.
“Initially, we plan to take up such works in the Old Hubli area,” he said.
The Commissioner said that keeping in view the problems faced by people living in low-lying areas, Rs. 5.5 crore had been set aside to take up works to strengthen storm-water drains in those areas and also ensure clear passage for overflowing water bodies.
He said Rs. 14.50 crore would be spent to develop Ashraya colonies, graveyards and villages that had been brought under the jurisdiction of the corporation.
He said Rs. 10 crore would be spent on development of parks, tanks and afforestation and another Rs. 10 crore to promote cultural and sports activities.
Mr. Trilokchandra said the corporation had kept aside Rs. 10 crore to asphalt roads that were developed four years ago under the Rs. 30-crore road development plan.