Union Chemicals, Fertilisers & Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar assured to organise a round-table discussion with several Union ministers in New Delhi during the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament, exclusively to discuss about development needs of the twin cities, and to focus on infrastructure development here.
Speaking after performing Bhoomi Pooja for the development concrete roads from Indi Pump Circle to Unkal, Kamaripet Police Station to Unkal Cross, and Desai Circle to Vidyanagar via Deshpande Nagar, at a total cost of Rs 110 crore under the Central Road Fund (CRF), here at Vidyanagar on Saturday evening, he asked Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar and MP Pralhad Joshi to prepare the agenda for the total development of the twin cities, which would be discussed in the meeting to be held in New Delhi.
Union road surface, railway, urban development, human resources development, and other ministers would attend that meeting, he said.
Mr Ananth Kumar also challenged the State Government to release Rs 120 crore pending pension grants to the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC), and Rs 24 crore required to increase the bulk water supply from Malaprabha reservoir, within a week.
Charging that the State Government is purposely hindering the development of the twin cities, as MP, MLAs, and other people's representatives here are from the BJP, Mr Ananth Kumar stated that Modi-model government is required in the State.
He also asked the BJP leaders to release the data of what the NDA and UPA governments gave for the twin cities and North Karnataka region.
Explaining the development works going on in the twin cities, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar challenged the Congress leaders to release data of special funds given by the State Government to the twin cities.
"I will felicitate District in-charge Minister Vinay Kulkarni and other Congress leaders if they get pending pension grants and funds required to increase bulk water supply released," he said.
ElectReps mobile app of Mr Shettar was also released on the occasion. MP Pralhad Joshi, MLA Aravind Bellad, Mayor D K Chavan, Corporators Mahesh Burli, Umeshgouda Kaujageri, and others were present.