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Govt is focused on overall development of Bengaluru: CM

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BENGALURU:

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has stressed the need to strengthen the city’s infrastructure, including healthcare and housing, in line with its status as ‘Silicon City’.

He was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the 108-foot-tall bronze statue of Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru, at the Kempegowda International Airport. The Rs 66-crore project will take one-and-a- half years to complete.

The event marked the 511th birth anniversary of Kempegowda, a chieftain of the Vijayanagara dynasty who is thought to have founded Bengaluru around 550 years ago.

Yediyurappa said Bengaluru has earned well-deserved nicknames like ‘Garden City’ and ‘Silicon Valley of India’. But its infrastructure has not kept pace with its reputation as an internationally acclaimed hub of IT and BT. “We have to focus on health, housing, pollution control and traffic management. Our government has taken various measures to develop the city,” the CM said.

Noting Kempegowda’s vision, Yediyurappa said though the city did not have a perennial river, Kempegowda built hundreds of lakes and interconnected them. “Kempambudhi, Dharmambudhi, Sampaniram and Halasuru lakes are among the major lakes gifted to the people of Bengaluru. The markets he set up — Chickpet, Akkipet, Balepet, Kumbarpet — are still major trade hubs,” the CM said.

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, and Deputy CMs Govind Karjol, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi were among those present.

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