Ceasing its operations more than a decade ago, Bharat Gold Mines Limited (BGML) in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) has been making news every now and then. While plans for reviving the defunct gold mines take wings during every parliamentary election, the state government, going a step ahead on Tuesday, announced that it would build a new city on the sprawling 12,000 acres of BGML as an alternate to jam-packed Bengaluru to accommodate 20 lakh population.
Proposing KGF to be an alternate for burgeoning Bengaluru, Roshan Baig, minister for infrastructure development and Haj, said the move would help in decongesting the IT city. “KGF is well-connected to Bengaluru via rail and road network. Already there is ready availability of land belonging to the BGML and by making use of the same land a new city will be created,” Baig told reporters in Vikasa Soudha.
The state government would soon obtain a feasibility report from international firms pertaining to building of new city at KGF. Currently, the BGML is in possession of 12,000 acres of land, which has been defunct ever since mining was stopped there. Sources in the infrastructure department also revealed that the creation of the new city would be similar to building ‘Amaravathi’ – a new city as the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
“Out of the 12,000 acres, we will build a new city on 11,000 acres of area. The city, due to its mining business, has two golf courses, two helipads besides featuring 140 British era bungalows. While the helipads can be used for air connectivity, the colonial structures can be used to attract tourists. As many as 20 lakh people can be shifted to KGF from Bengaluru,” Baig said.
The entire project based on public-private partnership will be started soon by rolling out global tenders. This apart, the state government has also made plans to develop satellite towns under cluster city schemes with specific focus on decongesting the overcrowded Bengaluru.
Initially, according to minister Baig, the state government identified development of small towns like Doddaballapur, Dobespet and Devanahalli, which are closer to Bengaluru. “We will avail loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of these clusters. Development of Devanahalli would alone require a funding of Rs 2,800 crore. But in the first phase, we have sought Rs 400 crore assistance from the ADB,” he said.
The minister, while expressing hopes of getting potable water from the sea by way of desalination, said, “The experiment has yielded successful results in Chennai, which I have also visited. We have worked out the actual cost and funding requirements. If we succeed, then the project can also be linked with the ambitious Yettinahole scheme and we can supply the same water to other parts of the state.”
Credits Bangalore Mirror