Rs 7.5 crore for rural development: Minister

Every Assembly constituency will be allocated Rs 7.5 crore for development of rural areas under Gram Vikas scheme, said District In-charge Minister M R Seetaram.

Speaking after hoisting the National Flag at the 68th Republic Day celebrations at General Thimmaiah stadium in Madikeri on Thursday, he said steps are taken to provide houses to the destitute tribals of Kodagu. The district administration has earmarked and will distribute sites among the beneficiaries soon.

The tender process for Rs five crore for the private bus stand in Madikeri is completed and construction work will be carried out with the funds of DELT and CMC. The work on court buildings in Madikeri and Ponnampet is on at a cost of Rs 36.7 crore and Rs 9.50 crore respectively. Construction work of the Zilla Panchayat administrative block will be carried out at a budget of Rs 18.25 crore. Site for district-level officers’ quarters has been identified, said Seetaram.

Development work on 478 rural roads was carried out at a cost of Rs 44.25 crore. Of these, 300 roads are open for public. Up to 26 lakes will be developed at a cost of Rs 56 lakh. Measures have been taken to make Kodagu free from open defecation.

Housing facilities have been provided to 3,955 beneficiaries under Indira Avas, Ambedkar Housing and other schemes. Grants of Rs 50 lakh have been released for establishment of a horticultural technology park at Madapur. The work on apiculture park at Bhagamandala is in progress. A honey museum is also being developed, he added.

A march past was held while various departments exhibited their tableaux.
Horticultural Department assistant director Girish, zonal conservator of forests Paul Antony, ZP superintendent A K Anjaneya, Hudikeri revenue inspector Radhakrisha, physical education director Nanda, Rojirani, assistant teacher Jayashree, Field Marshal Cariappa College NCC cadets Gautam, Ashwini and Nanjappa were felicitated for being awarded with Seva Prashasti.

MLC Veena Acchaiah, Zilla Panchayat president B A Harish, vice president Lokeshwari Gopal. DC Dr Richard Vincent D’Souza, SP P Rajendra Prasad and CMC president Kaveramma Somanna were present for the programme.
DH News Service

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