Foundation stones laid for development projects worth Rs. 5 crore
‘Government has agreed to release Rs. 50 crore for NWKRTC’
Belgaum: The Government has earmarked Rs. 1,200 crore for the overall development of small and medium towns in the State, said Minister for Water Resources and district in-charge Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday.
Addressing a function organised to lay foundation stones for various development programmes worth Rs. 5 crore in Hukkeri, he said no government in the past had facilitated as much funds for development of small and medium towns in the State as being done by the Yeddyurappa Government. The Government has earmarked Rs. 5 crore each for a town having municipality, Rs. 15 crore each for city municipalities and Rs. 2 crore each for town panchayats. The allocation of funds would ensure expeditious development and improvement of infrastructure in these towns.
“Thus, contractors and officials should make proper utilisation of these funds,” he said.
Mr. Bommai also set in process the improvement of the bus stand in Hukkeri town (taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 50.26 lakh), development work worth Rs. 2 crore in Sankeshwar town and released five new buses.
Later, Minister for Cooperation Lakshman Savadi unveiled a stone plaque to mark the foundation stone laying for the construction of a Rani Channamma Residential School in Hukkeri town.
Chairman of North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Mallikarjun Savarkar said the Government had agreed to release Rs. 50 crore to the corporation for improving its services in the region. The Government had provided Rs. 25 crore as per the recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee on Redressal of Regional Imbalances.
He said the corporation had introduced 455 new buses. Another 150 buses would be introduced by the end of March, he said. Steps have been taken to cut down losses by 50 per cent this year, he added. Sri Shivalingeshwar Swamiji of Nidasoshi Siddha Samsthan Math attend the function. Minister for Horticulture Umesh V. Katti present.