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Karnataka Government Eyes Namma Metro Expansion To Bidadi

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Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, revealed on Friday that the state government is actively considering extending the Namma Metro to Bidadi near Ramanagara. Speaking at an event held at the Toyota Technical Training Institute in Bidadi, Shivakumar emphasized the strategic importance of Bidadi, highlighting its numerous industries and workforce. This move underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing the development of Bidadi. Shivakumar’s announcement follows a recent controversial statement where he suggested renaming Ramanagara as Bengaluru South.

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During the event in Bidadi, Deputy CM Shivakumar outlined the government’s comprehensive plans for the region, with a key focus on extending the Namma Metro service to Bidadi. He stressed the significance of Bidadi, recognizing it as a vital area with a substantial industrial presence and workforce. The proposal aligns with the government’s larger strategy to enhance connectivity and facilitate development in key regions of the state.

Shivakumar’s earlier statement regarding the potential renaming of Ramanagara as Bengaluru South sparked controversy. In a social media post, he indicated the contemplation of renaming the Ramanagara district, encompassing Channapatna, Ramanagara, Kanakapura, Magadi, and Harohalli taluks, as Bengaluru Dakshina district. This announcement drew criticism from former Chief Minister and Ramanagara MLA HD Kumaraswamy, who vehemently opposed the inclusion of Ramanagara within Bengaluru’s jurisdiction.

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Kumaraswamy expressed his disapproval, questioning the motives behind such proposals. He raised concerns about potential land-related activities, suggesting that the government may be involved in controversial land dealings in Kanakapura. Additionally, he questioned the construction of structures on allegedly benami lands. Kumaraswamy urged Shivakumar to provide clarity on the government’s intentions, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability.

Meanwhile, the proposed extension of the Namma Metro to Bidadi presents a practical challenge. The existing purple line, terminating at Challaghatta, would need to be extended beyond BBMP limits to reach Bidadi. This logistical consideration adds a layer of complexity to the ambitious plan, requiring careful coordination and strategic infrastructure development.

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