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Bhadra, Ubrani projects to be taken up during next fiscal

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA, FEB. 24. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, expressed his commitment to fulfil the two major demands of central Karnataka.

The Chief Minister assured the people that the work on the Upper Bhadra project and the Ubrani Lift Irrigation project would be taken up in the next financial year.

The Upper Bhadra project will cater to the irrigation needs of Chitradruga and parts of Chikamagalur district and the Ubrani Lift Irrigation project will irrigate parts of Davanagere.

Addressing a gathering at the "Taralabalu Hunnime" festival here on Thursday, Mr. Dharam Singh said that the Cabinet had agreed to take up work on the Ubrani project at a cost of Rs. 96 crores.

He also said that the work would begin soon.

"I would like to promise not only to the people of this region but also to the Swamijis that the work will be launched to realise the long cherished dream of irrigating the drought-prone land through the implementation of the Bhadra project that needs Rs. 2,800 crores," he said.

Clearance

Mr. Dharam Singh said that around 800 hectares of forestland is needed for the implementation of the Bhadra project.

He said that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has to grant its clearance before the work on the project can be taken up.

"We will continue to pursue this proposal and the project survey will be speeded up. The work will be taken up in the forthcoming financial year," he promised.

Education bill

He expressed his commitment to protect the interests of students, who are aspiring to join professional courses in the State. "We have passed the Education Bill, which may not be the solution. The Union Government has to pass such a bill. We have urged the Union Government to do the needful," he explained.

Mr. Dharam Singh also said that the Union Government had come forward to help the State Government take up development projects, including the Bangalore Metro Railway project for Rs. 6,000 crores. He listed out the achievements of the coalition Government.

Sri Shivamurthy Shivacharya Swamiji, seer of Sri Taralabalu Mutt, reacting to the assurance of implementing the irrigation projects, said that he would be happy only after the work on the two projects were taken up.

H.K. Patil, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs; G.H. Thippareddy and H. Anjaneya, legislators; and G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, spoke.

Mr. Dharam Singh did not attend the evening function of the last day of the nine-day festival citing security reasons. He came down from Kukke Subramanya to seek the blessings of the swamiji.

After the function, the swamiji participated in Addapallakki Utsava, amidst a colourful procession of tableauxs and several folk artistes. According to the police, more than 40,000 people witnessed the procession that covered six km in five hours.

Later in the evening, the swamiji ascended the throne.

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