Plethora of infrastructure promised

Rs 30 crore released under IDSMT scheme for Chikkaballapur

Speaking after hoisting the National Tricolour at the Republic Day parade here on Tuesday, he said that a sum of Rs 30 crore has been released for development of Chikkaballapur city under Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns scheme. A sum of Rs 20 crore has been released for construction of district offices complex, Rs 5 crore for official quarters, Rs 22 crore for drainage and Rs 25 lakh for journalists’ hall. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will lay foundation stone for all the works on February 2.

Listing out the projects in the pipeline, Dr Khan said that Rs 200 crore has been released for setting up 5 MW solar energy generation unit near Kolimihalli in the taluk. A building for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore and equal sum is being spent for swimming pool, Visvesvaraya Technological Research Institute near Muddenahalli. Rs 5 crore has been earmarked for developing Nandi Hill Station and Rs 27 crore released for Jakkalamadagu reservoir.

The minister said that the government has formulated several programmes and spending crores of rupees for the welfare of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. However, the benefits are not reaching the target population in the district owing to laxity on the part of some corrupt officers. “I have waged a struggle against the corrupt. An official of Social Welfare Department has been suspended recently,” he said.

Corruption has spread to all levels in the district and though it is not possible to root out the menace at once, attempts are being made to eradicate it, in a phased manner.

Steps have been taken for the educational progress of minorities and backward classes. Apart from Kittur Rani Chennamma and Morarji Model Residential Schools in the district, two more Morarji schools have been opened, the minister stated. Students presented cultural programmes .

Legislator K P Bache Gowda, Zilla Panchayat president Vinuta Srinivas, vice-president Chenduru Srinivas, City Municipal Council president M Prakash, Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha, Superintendent of Police Ravindra Prasad, ZP CEO Krishnappa were present.

In Chintamani

Minister Dr M C Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that Rs 118 crore was sanctioned for improving Chintamani-Hoskote road and tenders had already been called for the same.

He was speaking at the Republic Day celebrations organised at the Jhansi Rani stadium. Elaborating on the works being undertaken, he said: “Bus shelters will be built near every village and on both sides of the road. Also, a pedestrian subway will be built near Talagwara as there are schools on both sides of the road. The works were getting delayed due to the construction of underground drains.”

Listing out the projects in pipeline for Chintamani, he said the World Bank had sanctioned Rs 16.5 crore for carrying out development works in Chintamani and the Slum Clearance Board had sanctioned Rs 20 crore for constructing homes for slum-dwellers. He added that projects were also being undertaken to provide good roads and drinking water in colonies.

Sudhakar also launched the construction works for underground drains in Gopasandra  and Kariyapalli villages being undertaken through Suvarna Grameena Scheme. “Totally, projects worth Rs 50 crore to 60 crore is being undertaken, which will be completed by the Independence Day,” he assured.

Tahsildhar Nagraj hoisted the flag, while TAPCMS president Ravindra Gowda, Urban Development Authority president Na Shankar spoke at the celebrations. DySP Govindaiah read out a self-written poem about the affairs of the present day. Students of Mahatma Gandhi Government Boys’ High School presented cultural programmes.

CMC president Venkataramana Swamy, Sthayee Samithi president Shivaiah, TP president Manjunath, EO K V Redappa, BEO Manjunath, CMC members and freedom fighters were present.

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