Bengaluru: After being newly appointed into BS Yediyurappa Cabinet, Karnataka minister Byrathi Basavaraj, who is aspiring for Bengaluru Development portfolio, has his priority set. 

Speaking exclusively to Asianet Newsable, Basavaraj said that the biggest problem plaguing the city is traffic and to fix this, Basavaraj proposes a Rs 200 crore worth flyover from Indiranagar BDA complex to Medahalli.

"I have asked the chief engineer to prepare a plan regarding the flyover. Once done, the motorists commuting through the deadly stretch from Byiappanahalli, NGEF, Tin Factory and KR Puram can escape all this traffic menace. I will ask for this project to be included in the Budget," said Basavaraj.

When asked about the delay in allocation of portfolio and also his choice of department, Basavaraj said, he has already said that he works from early morning to late evening attending to public problem and civic issues. Based on these efforts, he said, he has asked for Bengaluru Development portfolio.

"In KR Puram Assembly itself, there are lots of areas that need bigger roads. I want to make sure that in the next three years, few of those roads are extended. Once I get the portfolio, I will make a further announcement." 

Challenge from corporator aspirants to long-standing BJP leaders

With Basavaraj joining BJP, about three BBMP corporators also switched from the KR Puram segment. Now, with BBMP council term nearing its end, long-standing BJP leaders and corporator aspirants want a ticket giving way to an emerging rebellion.

"I don't deny about such rebellion, but we will take everyone into confidence. The issues will be settled amicably and as few wards will be added in the KR Puram segment, we will convince them and accommodate them in the new ward," said Basavaraj.