Triveni Sangama to be developed on the lines of Sabarmati Ashram

Rs 50 crore earmarked for project, says PWD Minister

Minister for Public Works Department (PWD) Dr H S Mahadevappa on Monday said that Triveni Sangama, the confluence of rivers — Cauvery, Kabini and Spatika Sarovara — would be developed on the lines of Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.

Addressing the gathering during the valedictory ceremony of the three-day 10th Maha Kumbha Mela, Mahadevappa said, the State government had planned to develop the Triveni Sangama at a cost of Rs 50 crore. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has agreed for the development of the Sangama.

A team of engineers have already visited Sabarmati Ashram to get an idea, he added.
The minister said, by 11th Kumbha Mela, all basic facilities will be made available at the Sangama. The government will strive for the development of religious and tourist places, he added.

Lokayukta appointment
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the Lokayukta would be appointed after discussion with the authorities concerned, during his visit to Triveni Sangama, at T Narsipur, to attend the valedictory ceremony of the 10th Maha Kumbha Mela on Monday.

Before finalising the name of Lokayukta, the government will discuss the issue with Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Legislative Assembly Speaker, Legislative Council Chairman, opposition party leaders – in both Upper and Lower house, he added.

“But, it is not mandatory to appoint the Lokayukta on the basis of either majority or as per the recommendations of the opposition party. The Lokayukta Act has not mentioned about it anywhere,” Siddaramaiah said.

He said that State government was putting pressure on the Central government to include the Bengaluru Sub-Urban Railway project in the Railway budget. “I have written a letter to Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, asking him to take measures to complete the works on the Bengaluru-Mysuru double track. I have also asked him to run a high-speed train, 160 km per hour, so that one can reach Bengaluru from Mysuru in one hour,” he said.

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