State seeks Central aid for infrastructure

Clearance for setting up coal blocks for the 4,000 MW power project at Kudgi sought

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, during his interaction with newly appointed Planning Commission Member K Kasturirangan in Bangalore, also sought the early clearance for setting up coal blocks for the 4,000 MW power project at Kudgi. Kasturirangan is Planning Commission member in charge of Karnataka, Jharkhand and Lakshwadeep.

The government, earlier this year, had submitted a memorandum to the 13th Finance Commission to recommend Rs 8,500 crore for improving Bangalore city infrastructure.

The government now wants the Planning Commission to take up the matter with the Centre. The chief minister also sought the intervention of the Planning Commission to clear obstacles in the development of airports at Bidar and Karwar and establishment of an IIT in the State.

Other points raised by the CM include laying of a gas pipeline from Dabhol to Bangalore and another from Kochi to Mangalore and Bangalore. The State government wants the Centre to provide an assistance of Rs 8,000 crore for reducing the regional disparities.

Rs 29,500-cr plan

Yeddyurappa said the government is confident of mobilising the required resources to support various development initiatives and meet the plan size of Rs 29,500 crore. 

“Despite the global financial crisis, the State has been able to achieve a growth rate of 5.5 pc in 2008-09. However, our efforts will be to achieve a growth rate of 10 pc during the 11th five-year plan,” Yeddyurappa said. The chief minister is leaving for New Delhi on August 12 to finalise the plan size.

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