Land to UPCL ruled out till problems are solved

 UPCL Company, presently owned by Adani group, is up to acquire thousands of agricultural land for the extension of the company. But, the government will not allow the company to do so, until the problems caused to the local people, farmers and fishermen, by the company are solved, Udupi district in-charge Minister and Minister for Urban Development Vinaykumar Sorake said.

Briefing reporters, in Udupi, on Tuesday, he criticised that the greatest achievement of the Centre was the purchasing of UPCL company by Adani, who is considered to be the right hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for Rs 6,500 crore.

Responding to the remarks made by MP Shobha Karandlaje that the State government’s achievement is zero, Sorake alleged that the BJP MPs were lobbying to get the IIT sanctioned for Raichur. If Shobha is concerned about the State, let her make efforts to bring IIT to Udupi.

During the regime of UPA government, 75 per cent grants were provided for the development of ports. But, after the NDA government took over, the grant has been brought down to 60 per cent.

Also, the Central government has cut as many as Rs 3,000 crore grants to be sanctioned for the department of urban development.  Altogether, the State government has been bequeathed a shortage of Rs 16,000 crore, by the Central government, he said.

Vinaykumar Sorake said in a period of two years of administration by the Congress government in the State, Udupi district is witnessing an overall development. Rs 1,002 crore has been utilised towards the development works so far, he said.

Water is being supplied to farmers’ lands after 60 per cent of completion of Varahi irrigation project. Twelve crore has been released for Brahmavar sugar factory and the amount has been utilised towards the payment of arrears of labourers and liabilities with cooperative societies. Every legislative assembly has been provided with Rs 18 crore under Namma Grama Namma Rasthe scheme.

As many as 32,000 Antyodaya and 1.27 lakh BPL cards have been provided to beneficiaries. Rs 312 crore has been provided for drinking water and UGD works under ADB scheme.

Special attention has been given to the development of fisheries roads. The quantity of subsidy diesel has been raised to 400 litres from 300 litres. Also, the installments towards the repayment of loans by fisherwomen have been risen to 24 from 12.

He said the foundation has been laid for Science Research Centre in Belapu and the Chief Minister has assured of sanctioning a Post Graduate Research Centre.

MLA Pramod Madhwaraj said that a medical college is expected to be sanctioned for Udupi in the next budget. A College and a police training centre will also be built near Uppur. Congress General Secretary Narasimhamurthy was present among others.

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