Roads connecting pilgrimage centres to be upgraded

V Somanna

Housing and District In-charge Minister V Somanna on Monday said the State Government has sanctioned Rs four crore for the development of double road from Puhsphagiri religious centre to famous tourism spots in the taluk. The work has been taken up by Public Works Department.

Speaking after performing the ‘bhoomi puja’ for road development works at Pushpagiri religious centre, he said Government has also decided to develop all roads connecting to famous tourist and pilgrimage centres including Belur and  Halebeedu. The rooms and other buildings constructed by Department of Tourism at Pushpagiri hills had remained unutilised. So, the government is planning to hand over that property to the management of Pushpagiri Religious Centre. A decision to this effect would be taken after discussing the issue with Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy.

The stadium constructed for benefit of students of rural areas at Pushpagiri hills is in a pathetic condition. Steps would be taken to maintain it. The Zilla Panchayat should taken construct wall around the stadium to stop landslide. The Government has released funds to supply drinking water to villages of Halebeedu and Madihalli hoblis from river Yagachi.

The intention of the government was to supply potable water to fluoride-hit villages in the region. The State Cabinet will take a decision regarding releasing funds for the pending drinking water schemes in the State, he added.

Member of Legislative Assembly Y N Rudreshgowda who presided the function informed the government has also released money for construction of Kittur Rani Chennamma Residential School at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore at Halebeedu.

Somashekhara Shivacharya Swami graced the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh, Assistant Commissioner Nagendra Prasad, Chief Engineer Patil and others were present.

In Belur

V Somanna on Monday said the agriculture department officials in the district were directed to find a solution for the blight disease affecting the potato crop in the district. Speaking after launching the work on IInd phase of the drinking water project here, he asked the farmers to meet the DC if they faced any problem in any stage of farming. “The government cannot distribute the potato seeds as the agreement with the private companies do not allow for it. Unfortunately, the government has not been able to support the potato farmers on the seeds front. But, they can always approach the DC for any relief,” he said.

Somanna, who is also the Housing Minister said the government has approved for the construction of 4000 houses in different housing schemes in Belur taluk. He said the government released Rs one crore each for the development of Hasanamba and Siddeshwara temple in the district.

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