Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 10th July 2018

HAL signs MoU with BBMP to facilitate signal-free corridor

  • Setting the ball rolling for the proposed signal-free corridor from Vellara Junction to Hope Farm Junction, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday for facilitating the right of use of land for the corridor.
  • HAL has handed over 3,100 sq.m. to the BBMP for the 17.5-km signal-free corridor.
  • The MoU was signed by Shekhar Shrivastava, Chief Executive Officer (Bangalore complex), HAL, and BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunatha Prasad. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL

No compensation

  • The signal-free corridor, estimated to cost Rs. 109.5 crore, is being constructed with funds from the Nagarothana scheme.
  • HAL has not sought any compensation for handing over the land and has instead asked the civic body to develop 1.7 km of Wind Tunnel Road (between Old Airport Road and Bellandur).
  • Three underpasses will be coming up on this signal-free corridor at Suranjan Das Road junction, Wind Tunnel junction and Kundalahalli junction.
  • While ISRO and NAL had already handed over the required land for the proposed underpass at Wind Tunnel junction, the BBMP has almost completed the land acquisition process at Kundalahalli junction.

Expected completion

  • The pre-cast elements for all the three underpasses are ready. “It will take around five months for the underpasses to be completed,” a source claimed and stated that the city police had accorded permission to take up the work after diversion of traffic.
  • Decongestion of traffic on Old Airport Road was the need of the hour and HAL was contributing in terms of giving the required land for the benefit of both HAL and the general public.

In a first for State, support price for mango announced

  • In a first, the State government on Monday announced support price of Rs. 2,500 per tonne to help mango growers for the steep fall in prices.
  • Since neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, has banned inter-State movement, farmers are in distress
  • Attempts to speak to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had failed since he was travelling abroad.
  • Mr. Kumaraswamy also said he had spoken to a private entity in Maharashtra, but they expressed inability to take fresh mangoes for processing since they already had stocks to sell.
  • Agriculture Minister N.H. Shivashankara Reddy said the support price of Rs. 2.5 per kg is expected to cost the State between Rs. 15 crore to Rs. 20 crore.

NEKRTC bags bus safety award

  • North-Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) bagged the National-level India Bus Safety Award-2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
  • NEKRTC Managing Director Hephsiba Rani Korlapati received the prestigious award from Uzaidi Udanis, president of the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA).
  • Various road transport corporations were in the race for the award.
  • In 2017-18, NEKRTC won the national-level award for initiating safety measures and accident-free travel.
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