The State government has decided to release Rs. 5,500 crore for completion of works related to multi-village drinking water supply projects, said D.C. Thammanna, district in-charge Minister.
He was speaking at a meeting held at Zilla Panchayat hall here on Saturday to review the progress of works related to Karnataka Development Programme (KDP). Mr. Thammanna said that the work related to 210 projects taken up in the past 16 years have remained incomplete.
Expressing displeasure over the delay in completion of Bharangi water project, H. Halappa, Sagar MLA, said that officials have submitted a report to the government that the work has been completed, but villages are not receiving water owing to technical problems. The bill related to the work has been cleared without releasing the water along the pipeline on trial basis, he said. Mr. Thammanna directed the officials to conduct a probe in this regard and submit a report to him within 15 days.
Raising the problem of scarcity of sand in the district, Araga Jnanendra, Tirthahalli MLA, demanded that sand extraction in the official blocks should begin at the earliest to ensure easy availability of sand. Alleging that owing to unscientific policy of the government, the people have been compelled to purchase sand extracted in an illegal manner, by paying an exorbitant price, he demanded that the government sanction extraction of sand from rivulets for community works and for construction of Ashraya houses.
Vindhya N.M. of the Department of Mines and Geology said there are 37 authorised sand extraction blocks in the district of which 9 blocks have already become functional. The legal problem with regard to auctioning extraction rights for the remaining 28 blocks has been cleared and extraction would commence in 15 days.
K.A. Dayanand, Deputy Commissioner, said the loss wreaked by rain in the district this year is estimated to be Rs. 82 crore. The district administration has requested the State government to release Rs. 13 crore to compensate arecanut growers who have suffered loss due to fruit rot disease.
K.S. Eshwarappa, Shivamogga MLA; Kumar Bangarappa, Sorab MLA; K.B. Ashok, Shivamogga Rural MLA; and R. Prasanna Kumar, S.L. Bhoje Gowda and S. Rudre Gowda, MLCs, were present.