Moily promises new project for revival of tanks in district

Hope floats: Awareness and In-Charge Committee meeting

discussing development: A meeting of the District Awareness and In-charge Committee, Chikkaballapur, organised on Monday at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium was attended by (L-R) legislators N Sampangi and N H Shivashankar Reddy, Zilla Panchayat president Chinnappaiah, Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerappa Moily, Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula, legislator K P Bachegowda and Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer B S Shekharappa. DH PHOTOSHe spoke presiding over at a meeting of the District Awareness and In-charge Committee, Chikkaballapur, organised on Monday at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium.
Urgent action to desilt the water tanks in the district is necessary, said Moily. “The list of tanks should be prepared within three days. Grants up to Rs five crore has been allotted to each assembly constituency for desilting and development work of tanks.”

State meeting

He added that comprehensive projects will be undertaken for revival of tanks. “A state-level meeting of officers will be organised in Chikkaballapur to plan the projects.”
Water shortage is a serious problem in the district and needs attention from officers as well as representatives. Moily said that immediate steps need to be taken to supply water to 62 villages in Bagepalli taluk under the Wonderman Project.

Road repair

Special attention needs to be paid towards repair of roads in the district, he said. “Asphalting of roads should be completed as soon as possible under the Prime Minister’s Rural Road Project. Work on only 83.70 km of the 116 km of roads has been completed so far,” he reminded.

Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer B S Shekharappa said the government has instructed officials to build one thousand houses under the Basava Indira Awaaz Yojana and to select the villages by picking lotteries. Legislator N Sampangi, objected to the latter idea and insisted the method be dropped completely.

Letter to govt

In response, Moily said he would soon write a letter to the government to build huts and kaccha houses in every village separately.

“The government would also be requested to ensure that proper houses are provided to the homeless,” he added.

Education

C U Chandrashekhar, deputy director of the Department for Public Education, who spoke on the occasion, said, “A proposal has been submitted to the government to build drinking water units in 365 schools and to release funds for construction of toilets in 967 schools.”

He added that the regional education officers have been instructed to start work on both projects immediately.

Legislators N H Shivashankar Reddy and K P Bachegowda, Zilla Panchayat president Chinnappaiah, Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjul and Zilla Panchayat deputy secretary Zulfikarullah and others attended the meeting.

Alternative to Paramashivaiah report

Union Minister Veerappa Moily inspected work on the new office for the Deputy Commissioner on the Shidlaghatta Road on Monday.

Later speaking to presspersons, Moily said implementing the Dr Paramashivaiah Report on a permanent irrigation project in the district would take a long time and lots of funds.

“Therefore, steps are being taken to provide water to the district from Ettinahole,” he added.

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