Moily blames state govt for power crisis

Moily blames state govt for power crisis

Addressing a press meet after taking part in the function to lay foundation stone for Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technological Studies at Muddenahalli in the taluk on Wednesday, the minister said that it was proposed to set up Indian Institute of Technology in the Karnataka during the last five-year plan and the state government didn’t evince interest in the proposal.

Blaming the ruling BJP government for the power famine in the State, Moily said that the Congress while in power had laid emphasis on power generation projects and the present dispensation is only reaping the benefit of such projects. The state government has failed in formulating new projects and it had not been possible to obtain power from other states. People are thus made reel under darkness, he said.

Moily said that the duration of power supply never went below 18 hours per day while he was chief minister. Even the rural areas were supplied power for 18 hours without interruption.

Ruling out shifting the Information Technology park proposed to be set up near Devanahalli International Airport, Moily said that 12,000 acres of land was being acquired for the project. “Farmers are demanding a minimum of Rs 55 lakh per acre as compensation. The Union government, which has taken up the project, will respond positively,” he said.

Favourable budget

Terming the Railway Budget presented by Minister Mamata Banerjee as beneficial for Karnataka, Moily said that special attention has been given to Chikkaballapur in te budget. The work on gauge conversion of Chikkaballapur-Kolar line will gain momentum.

Categorically denying any difference of opinion between himself and Union Minister of
State for Railway K H Muniyappa, Moily said it was false that Muniyappa and his supporters had complained to the high command over selection of the District Congress Committee. “There is no reason for any difference of opinion with Muniyappa,” he noted.
Bagepalli legislator N Sampangi, Zilla Panchayat vice-president Chenduru Venkatesh, DCC president M Anjinappa and others were present.

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