Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rs. 3,700-crore special package for north Karnataka region


30 projects to be taken up for comprehensive development of the area

Making a point: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at the joint session of the legislature in Belgaum on Saturday.

BELGAUM: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday announced a special package of Rs. 3,700 crore for 30 projects aimed at the comprehensive development of north Karnataka.

In a 90-minute reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint session of the State legislature, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government was committed to the development of all districts in north Karnataka. A Rs. 600-crore drinking water project comprising 80 schemes would be implemented in 878 villages in north Karnataka, where fluoride content in water was high.

He said the Government would take up the Rs. 2,193-crore Chimmalagi lift irrigation project in Bijapur district to lift 20 tmcft of water to irrigate 87,067 hectares of land in Muddebihal, Basavanabagewadi, Sindagi, Indi, and Bijapur taluks. Of the sum, Rs. 63.20 crore would be spent on overhead tanks and canals in the next financial year. A proposal had been prepared to implement the second phase of the Guthi Basavanna lift irrigation project in Bijapur district to irrigate 20,690 hectares of land in Indi and Sindagi taluks and Rs. 128 crore would be earmarked for the project in the next budget, he said.

A total of 10,000 km of roads would be developed on the Public-Private Partnership model for providing better connectivity in rural areas of the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

He said 5,500 km of roads would be developed in north Karnataka to promote economic growth in the region. The State Cabinet had approved a proposal to set up a veterinary college in Gadag at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore.

A sum of Rs. 20 crore would be released to upgrade the Bidar Medical College and Rs. 12.50 crore to modernise the government hospital in Belgaum.

A sum of Rs. 5 crore would be granted to promote dairy farming in the region, he said.

As many as 1,000 milk producers’ unions would be established.

A sum of Rs. 5 crore would be released for the Powerloom Development Corporation to establish a textile ancillary in the Rabkavi-Banahatti area, the Chief Minister said. Mr. Yeddyurappa said Rs. 5 crore each would be released for setting up of a jaggery processing and marketing complex in Mudhol and a silver jewellery manufacturing complex on a 50-acre plot at Mangura in Chikkodi taluk.

A sum of Rs. 10 crore each would be released to the Border Area Development Authority, rehabilitate devadasis, establish an automobile park in Basavakalyan taluk, and a spice park for processing of Byadagi chillies.

Allocations for other projects are: Rs. 5 crore for Kittur Chennamma Development Authority, establishment of a centre for climate change and research centre in the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad and for development of Tagore Beach in Karwar; Rs. 50 crore for Sri Renuka Yellamma Development Authority for development of the surroundings of the famous Yellamma temple at Saundatti in Belgaum district; Rs. 17 crore for a lift irrigation project to supply water from the Bonal tank to Shahapur; and Rs. 5.5 crore to develop a garden at the Hidkal dam site in Belgaum district on the lines of the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore.

The Government has decided to spend Rs. 27.48 crore on remapping of land survey in 10 taluks of Belgaum district, computerisation and e-governance, and Rs. 15 crore for construction of 500 foot bridges in remote villages of Uttara Kannada.

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