More flight services from Hubballi on cards

MP Pralhad Joshi has stated that discussion is on with a major airlines company which has shown interest to introduce air service from Hubballi to Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

"Meanwhile, the much-awaited Hubballi-Mumbai flight service by the Air India will be launched most probably on December 1, as  a slot for Hubballi-Mumbai air service has been allotted for three days a week, at Mumbai airport," he said.

He told media persons here on Sunday that attempts would be made to get upgraded Hubballi Airport inaugurated and lay the foundation stone for IIT-Dharwad building construction, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after Gujarat Assembly elections.

Hubballi-Haveri Road (NH 4) six-laning work, inauguration of KIMS super-speciality hospital, and upgradation of Tadas-Kalghatagi-Dharwad-Hebsur-Annigeri Road into a national highway would also be clubbed with that function, which is likely to be organised next month, after December 18. If the prime minister cannot come, a Union minister would be invited, he said.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, around 23,000 LPG kits have been distributed so far in the district, he said.

When asked about Union minister Anantkumar Hegde's controversial statement about Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, he stated that all should maintain decency, irrespective of their political affiliation.

Compensation

On behalf of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Mr Joshi handed over Rs 12.82 compensation cheque to daughters of Prabhu Betadur and Ratna Betadur who were killed in LPG cylinder blast at Kamadolli in Kudgol taluk last year.

ICOL General Manager (Indane) Abhijit Dey noted that Rs five lakh compensation would be given in case of a death in such cases, under insurance scheme. Medical bill, and damages to the house are also included in the case of blast at Kamadolli, he said.

MLC Somanna Bevinamarad, former MLA S I Chikkanagoudar, BJP leaders M R Patil, Nagesh Kalburgi, and others were present.

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