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`It is for the Govt. to take action on my report'

Special Correspondent

Its all is in the game, accept the defeat with grace: K.C. Reddy



HONOURING A ROLE MODEL: The Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, felicitating K.C. Reddy, Adviser to the Ministry, in Bangalore on Thursday. — Sampath Kumar G.P.

BANGALORE: K.C. Reddy, Adviser to the Minister for Public Works and Energy, has said he had honestly worked and submitted a report to the State Government on land acquisition for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Project (BMIC) and it is now left to the Government to take whatever action it deems fit.

Mr. Reddy, who was felicitated at a function organised by the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited on his being conferred with the Padmashri Award, here on Thursday, told presspersons that the Government wanted the report and he had submitted it. He was not concerned about what happened to it. About the adverse judgment of the High Court of Karnataka in the infrastructure corridor case, which among others, has quashed his report, Mr. Reddy said in a philosophical vein "whatever happens need not be fruitful always. Its all is in the game. Accept the defeat with grace." Mr. Reddy is a former public works secretary and engineer-in-chief.

The State Government had asked him to prepare a comprehensive report on acquisition of land for the BMIC project. But the High Court on Wednesday directed the Government to go ahead with the project and asked Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) to expeditiously implement it.

Mr. Reddy said the Government has entrusted him with the responsibility to add 3,000 MW to the power grid of the State in the next five to six years. About 2,000 MW have been added.

Earlier, the Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, said Mr. Reddy was a guide, philosopher and friend as also a model civil engineer for all engineers of the Public Works Department, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited and Karnataka Power Transmission and Corporation Limited (KPTCL).

L.V. Nagarajan, Managing Director, KPCL, said that because of Mr. Reddy's valuable services, the State has completed the Upper Krishna Project, including the Alamatti Dam, the 100-km stretch of road between Kudremukh and Mangalore, the Raichur Thermal Power Station and several other hydel projects.

The former Chairman of the erstwhile Karnataka Electricity Board (KEB), B.G. Rudrappa, and the former KPCL engineer, C.S. Hebli, recalled their association with Mr. Reddy and said he is an engineer, administrator, a talented sportsman (cricketer) and a good human being.

K.N. Srivastava, Managing Director, KPTCL, S.M. Zafrulla, Technical Director, KPCL, K. Jyotiramalingam, Commissioner, Bangalore Mahangara Palike, recalled their association with Mr. Reddy and lauded his services to the State. A 10-minute film on Mr. Reddy was also screened. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, who was scheduled to attend the function as chief guest, did not come.

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