Border Areas Development Authority to build quarters for school teachers

Karnataka Border Area Development Authority Chairman Chandrakanth Bellad  discussing with officials during his visit to Punajanur Government Higher Primary School in Chamarajanagar taluk.Dh photo  The idea behind this was to impart education to students staying in border areas.
Addressing a news conference after inspecting land at Punajanur in the taluk, he said out of three quarters, one would be constructed at Gopinatham in Kollegal taluk.

Land is being identified in other places. Block Education Officers have been asked to identify land to expedite the process.

The cost of each quarters will be around `  48 lakh. and it can accommodate six families each. In the first phase, `  18 lakh is released. The construction would be entrusted either to Karnataka Land Army Corporation or the Nirmithi Kendra. 

The authority had not yet decided on building the quarters in the premises of Punajanur School premises, he added.Bellad said  the authority plans to build library at a cost of ` 3.5 lakh at Government High School in Kolipalya and it would be supervised by the Department of Libraries. Besides, plans are afoot to build Samskrutika Bhavan with seating capacity of 400  at a cost of `  30 lakh at Kurubanakatte in Kollegal taluk. This would help promote local culture, talent and language of the region. Fifty taluks in 19 districts are situated adjacent to six states and all of them come under the authority.

Steps are taken to promote Kannada Schools, to set up computer lab and provide other facilities in those places.

A meeting of officials of revenue, forest and tourism would be convened soon in Bangalore to develop Hogenakkal island as tourist destination to attract tourists.
Measures would also be taken to complete the survey of border areas.

Members of the Authority Jayadev, Mohan Nagammanavar, Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture Manjappa and others were present.

Spat between Bellad and GP members

A wordy duel ensued between members of Punajanur Gram Panchayat and Chandrakanth Bellad while inspecting land for constructing a library at Koliypalya Government High School. The members took objection for not giving prior information.

sGram Panchayat Vice-President Shanthamma andd other members shouted slogans against Bellad. However, Bellad clarified that he had already discussed issue with local MLA and Deputy Commissioner. He said Papannayaka and Kannibai couple of Kolipalya village have donated one acre of land for construction of library hall for the benefit of the students, he added.

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