Mahadeshwara hill road to get facelift

Chamarajanagar lags in development

Housing and district in-charge minister V Somanna said special packages would be announced for development of Mahadeshwara hill and Chamarajanagar city.

He was speaking to media persons after attending a mass marriage ceremony at Mahadeshwara hill in Kollegal taluk on Sunday. He said despite getting ISO recognition, Mahadeshwara hill lacked in facilities for devotees visiting the shrine.

“Pilgrims are on the rise to Mahadeshwara hill over the years. They should get decent accommodation and drinking water facilities. Works in this respect are under progress.

Now, roads need attention. Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned to repair the Kollegal-Mahadeshwara hill road. The officials have been asked to prepare a project report for the road connecting Mahadeshwara hill with Palar in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Pointing out that Chamarajanagar city was lagging behind in development despite being made the district headquarters 16 years ago, Somanna said a special package would be announced shortly.

“Residential quarters for government employees; a ring road to connect outskirts, newer areas; development of a new model residential areas and housing for slum-dwellers to make the city slum-free would be part of the package,” he said.

Speaking about drought relief works, the minister said discussions have been held with officials to understand the problem and review progress of relief works. “Severe drinking water problem has been reported from Hanur region in Kollegal taluk.

“Officials have been asked to supply water in tankers and also explore possibilities to supply water through pipelines from borewells. Directions have been issued to see to it that people do not face drinking water problem,” he said.

When his attention was drawn towards the problem faced by labourers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, he said alternative means would be explored to make payment to the beneficiaries.

He said the deputy commissioner would be asked to mobilise available funds to make payment at the earliest.

MLAs R Narendra and G N Nanjundaswamy, president of Dr B R Ambedkar Development Corporation and others were present on the occasion.

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