State govt has earmarked Rs 800 cr for Paramashivaiah report: MLC

Central grid canal to be constructed as part of the water project

To provide permanent irrigation facility to 43 taluks in seven districts, the State government has earmarked Rs 800 crore to build central grid canal to implement recommendations made by the Dr Paramashivaiah Report, said Member of LegislativeCouncil Y A Narayanswamy.

Addressing a press meet here on Tuesday, he said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar too has announced about implementation of the report in his budget.

The government has decided to raise Rs 1,000 crore through the bonds, he said. Similar approach (raising money through bonds) was also adopted by the Cauvery Niravari Nigam then, he added.  Chief Minister has lived up to his promise made to the people’s representatives of dryland districts in Bangalore on December 4.

“But the work is far from over and till the project is completed, we cannot rest,” he observed. Narayanswamy further said that in a new development, Bangalore district has also been added in the Yettinahole project.

The project aims to provide water supply to the dryland districts.

Work to begin in a month

Work on Paramashivaiah Report recommendations, Yettinahole and Yaragol projects will begin in a month. The Union Ministry of Forests and Environment has approved the work on dam on January 4.

The State government has also agreed for it on February 12. Department of Forests and other related departments have conducted a joint survey for the dam work on February 14, he added.  The Revenue Department has to pay up for 60 acres of Forest department which would be used for the project. However, the MLC failed to give actual cost of the project. 

When asked about additional compensation for farmers, who are set to lose their lands for the Yaragol project, Narayanswamy did not elaborate it.

Bifurcated university

The bifurcated Bangalore University will function as Dr DVG Jnanavahini University and at present, its central office is located at the Central College of Bangalore. Venugopal is the Special Officer.

The bifurcated university will have 367 colleges and will come up on 265 acres of Nandagudi in Bangalore, he added. However, he felt the need for starting a medical and engineering college in the district.

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