Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that underground tunnels construction will help in development of the state and the country.
CM Basvaraj Bommai said that Karnataka is a leader in technology andwill strive to be in the future as well. . He was speaking at the inauguration of NIRMANA 2022, a two day international conference on Tunnelling and Underground Conference,
“We have built dams, tunnels, and power projects before others,” he said.
“Organizations like the Institute for Research Development and Training of Construction Trades and Management (INSTRUCT) should actively participate and work with government agencies for technologies, management and construction of underground tunnels. This will help to identify the right technology and make projects successful,” he said.
He added that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) will help in development and construction of underground infrastructure.
Karnataka has a comprehensive policy for PPP projects launched in 2018. As per Infrastructure Development Department report, the number of PPP projects completed in the state are only six The State Level Single Window Agency and the State High-Level Clearance Committee said that more than 70 projects have been approved.
“PM’s Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat are meant for this,” said Bommai. He added that together they can build such underground tunnels which will make transport easier and faster, which will help in nation building.
“My government is committed to building a new Karnataka for new India. There has been increase in number of underground tunnels construction in India. PM’s vision is to implement underground construction projects across the country like the one in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Sanjyot Apte, a political science professor said, “PPP projects are infrastructure projects which are built by government agencies in collaboration with private companies. It’s a way to build, finance and operate the projects. It allows to complete a project sooner and also possible.”
She added that PPP projects include private companies getting tax concessions, owning a public sector projects for a certain period of time. “In PPP projects, contracts are for a duration of 15 to 20 years. The projects are financed partly by private companies and the remainder is either paid by government or collected from the public,” she said.
On the other side, she said that the reason many companies are not willing to get involved in these projects because the risk of loss is greater for private companies.
NIRMANA 2022′ was organized by INSTRUCT, a group of engineers and architects.
The aim of conference was to discuss about latest technologies, machineries in underground tunneling and protocols for tunneling projects in India.