Ahead of the proposed elections to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has gone on an announcement spree for development projects in the state capital during the past few days.
On Friday, the chief minister held two public meetings — one each at Kolar and Karond areas — and made big announcements related to development and beautification projects in these areas.
The CM is also mingling freely with common people in different localities and even having tea, snacks and food at roadside and popular eateries of city.
The BMC elections are likely in January end or February and once they are announced, announcement of development projects would not be possible due to model code of conduct, experts said.
Kolar: The CM announced Rs 125 crore each for drinking water and sewage projects in Kolar area (total Rs 250 crore), saying that drinking water would be made available through pipelines to the residents by April 2016.
He also said a sports stadium would be established at Banjari Dussehra Maidan at the cost of Rs 60-70 crore. The CM also announced construction of a 14-km road from Gehukheda to Katara, adjacent to the Kolar canal.
Chouhan said the Kaliasot reservoir would be beautified. A boat club would be developed on the lines of one at Upper Lake and a Chaupati (eating zone) would also be set up.
Karond: At Karond, the CM announced establishment of a 100-bed hospital in the locality and a mini stadium each at Karond and Ashoka Garden. He also said that 10,000 toilets would be sanctioned for residences in the locality and sewage and drainage issues would be resolved.
A health centre would come up at Rachna Nagar and beautification of Karond Square would be done. Survey would also be done to see if construction of a railway over bridge was possible between Chhola Hanuman Mandir and Karond.
Earlier on Friday, the CM had held a public meeting at Chowk locality of old city and announced that the Chowk market would be converted into a heritage market. He had also announced beautification projects for the area. The CM also paid a sudden visit to a popular eatery in the locality along with his wife and had his food there.
On Tuesday, the CM had made several announcements for the Jehangirabad/Jinsi areas including reconstruction of Church Road at the cost of Rs 2.90 crore, beautification of Jinsi Square and reconstruction of other important roads in the old city locality. On this day, the CM had visited a tea stall suddenly and drank tea there along with common people.