Govt to take over unfinished housing schemes of donors

Speaking to the media at a farmhouse near Ankli in Belgaum district on Sunday, he said nearly 85 per cent of the houses planned to replace the 48,000 houses, which were destroyed during the floods, have been completed and handed over to the beneficiaries. Another 35,000 houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries.

Gowda said some of the donors’ plans to construct houses got derailed following the mining situation in the State. “The government will wait till the end of this month and then take over these schemes and construct houses on its own,” he said.
While agreeing that several houses handed over to the beneficiaries lacked basic facilities, Gowda said both Housing Minister V Somanna and Principal Secretary N Laxminarayana would personally inspect allotted housing colonies to find out the shortcomings.

Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti, Housing Minister V Somanna and Co-operation Minister Laxman Savadi were present.

Action against mayor

Gowda said the State Urban Development ministry has already issued show cause notices to both the mayor and deputy mayor of Belgaum City Corporation on their participation in a black day programme on Rajyotsava.

He said both of them have been given seven days’ time to reply to the notices and action would be initiated based on their replies.

Gowda also asserted that the government was committed to maintaining better relations with Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. As a step towards this, the government managed to install Sarvajna statue in Tamil Nadu and Tiruvalluvar statue in State, he pointed out.

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