Minister for Youth Services and Sports Appachu Ranjan has said that ration cards and voting right can not be given for the Bangladeshi migrants, who are working as estate labourers in coffee estates of Kodagu district.
Speaking to presspersons on Saturday, he said the police have been directed to keep a vigil on the migrants and also collect information on them. The estate owners should inform the police on the migrant workers working in their estates.
The Minister said that the land belongings to sacred groves in Kodagu district have not been encroached. There was no question of evicting those poor who have been residing in the land belonging to sacred groves.
He said that the those who own more than 10 acre land and had encroached sacred groves, then the land will be reclaimed, he said.
The survey on the hi-tension wire which will pass through the district will be stopped. “We are not against the passing of hi-tension wire in the private land, if the land owners had given the permission for the same. Any organisations should not oppose all the development work,” he said.
With a view to encourage sports talents, the Minister said that measures have been taken to lay stadiums in several districts. Turf ground will be laid at three places, at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore each in the district. The work on indoor stadium at Virajpet and Madikeri will be started shortly.
A swimming pool will be developed at a cost of Rs 4.25 crore, he added.
The Minister said that Rs 75 crore has been released for the development of roads in Kodagu district.
Rs 45 crore will be utilised for the development of interior roads and Rs 30 crore for the development of the PWD roads. The tender process has been completed and the work will commence soon.
He said that Hunasoor-Gonikoppa road will be developed at a cost of Rs 41 crore, Virajpet-Bhagamandala road at a cost of Rs 17 crore and Kodlipete-Madikeri-Virajpet road will be developed, at a cost of Rs 27 crore.
An action plan of Rs 170 crore has been prepared to convert the roads connecting three taluks into two way road, the Minister said.