'Govt releases ` 15 crore to Karagada irrigation project'

Kemmannugundi and Bababudangiri will be developed to promote tourism: Jain

The state government has implemented pro-people programmes in the State in the last eight months and has given priority to the integrated development of the district, said District-in-Charge Minister Abhayachandra Jain.

Delivering Republic Day address, at Chikmagalur on Sunday, he said the government has released Rs 15 crore to the Karagada irrigation project which aims at supplying water to plateau region. The work on basic infrastructure in the city has been accelerated. The work on road, UGD and drinking water projects are taken up in Chikmagalur town. About 75 per cent of the UGD work has been completed in Chikmagalur CMC limits.

The work on supplying water to Kadur and Birur town is nearing completion and water will be supplied on a trial basis from month end. To promote tourism, the government will improve basic infrastructure facilities at Kemmannugundi and Bababudangiri, he added.

The Minister said that employment cards have been issued to 1.29 lakh families under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the district. A sum of Rs 22.57 crore has been released to the district under MGNREGS.
Jain said that the State government has announced Kadur taluk as drought-hit taluk in the district. Compensation of Rs 1,334 lakh has been disabused among 33,146 farmers who have lost more than 50 per cent of the crops.

A revised estimate has been prepared to irrigate 58,000 acre farm land in Tarikere taluk under Upper Bhadra project. This in turn will fill 82 lakes in the taluk.

KSRTC city buses

To help the commuters in the city, the KSRTC has started five city services in Chikmagalur. The government is responding to the woes of arecanut growers. The growers need not worry over their future and the government is committed to support the growers. “There is no question on ban on arecanut. The BJP has been trying to create confusion in the minds of the growers on ban on arecanut keeping in mind the forthcoming General elections. In case any attempt is made to ban arecanut, we along with the CM will come out of the government and will fight for the cause of the arecanut growers,” he clarified.

‘Sarvothama awards’

The winners of Sarvothama prashasthi are Sringeri General Hospital taluk medical officer Dr B S Venkatesh, Ajjampura CHC Ayush officer Dr Vivekananda Biradar, Daradahall veterinary PHC senior medical superintendent K D Krishnaraju, First Division Assistant of Chikmagalur AC office K Chandrashekar, Kalasa hobli revenue inspector Keerthi Jain, District Senior Citizens Welfare officer D Group Employee Abdul Vahab.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of cycle rally held as a part of RD celebrations. The winners are M M Jagadish (I), K T Ashok (II) and H N Vishwas (III).

Mountain View College NCC team won first place in march past. Other winners are St Joseph Girls High School (II), Bharath Seva Dal of SSR Prayogika High School (III), Ashakirana School for Blind and DACG Polytechnic NCC team (consolation prizes). Students from 28 schools presented a group dance on the occasion.   

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