Western Ghats taluks neglected by Govt: MLA


He  urged the government to provide 75 per cent of the rain relief compensation being given to Hassan district to Sakleshpur taluk.

Addressing a news conference here after visiting rain-hit areas in Sakleshpur town limits and also offering ‘Ganga Pooja’ to River Hemavathy on Sunday, he said that the taluk has suffered a loss of Rs 6 crore in the recent rains. As many as 40 houses have collapsed, 300 electric poles have been uprooted, around 100 km PWD road and 50 km ZP road had been badly damaged. Crops such as coffee, ginger, paddy have been damaged.

“In fact, Malnad and coastal region suffer from rain damages every year and the government should earmark Rs 5 crore annually to take up flood relief works. This would help the authorities concerned in the distribution of compensation to the affected families without waiting for the government to release funds,” he said.

Kumaraswamy said the Western Ghats is one of the main sources of rainfall in the State which helps all the reservoirs to fill during rainy season. All the successive governments have failed to improve basic amenities in taluks situated in Western Ghats area. An agitation would be launched to demand the government to improve the condition in those taluks. The issue would be raised in the session.

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