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Puttaswamy Gowda regrets sidelining of development works

Staff Correspondent

Accuses H.D. Revanna of deliberately dropping projects conceived by the previous Government


  • Project to develop satellite town near Hassan-Arsikere Road stalled since coalition Government came to power
  • Interest on loan taken from bank not being paid
  • Delay in rejuvenating Channapatnakere tank
  • State yet to release its share of funds for setting up trauma centre at Srichamarajendra Hospital

    HASSAN: Former Minister and senior Congress leader G. Puttaswamy Gowda has accused Minister for Public Works and in charge of the district H.D. Revanna of neglecting development works taken up by the previous Congress Government.

    Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Gowda alleged that Mr. Revanna is overlooking various development works such as the development of S.M. Krishna Nagar, the rejuvenation of the Channapatnakere, formation of the Karnataka Housing Board Layout and setting up of a trauma centre at the Srichamarajendra District Hospital as they were conceived by the previous Government.

    `No progress'

    The Hassan Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had dreamt of developing a satellite town and planned the formation 5,000 sites near the Hassan-Arsikere Road on an area of 480 acres. But the project has stalled since the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) Government came to power in the State.

    He said that HUDA borrowed Rs. 15 crores from Vijaya Bank to pay compensation to landowners, for which the State Government stood guarantor. A Rs. 58-crore proposal has been prepared to develop the layout. However, by the time HUDA decided to take up development works, the coalition Government came to power in the State. Since then the project is languishing, he said.

    Discrimination

    The Deputy Commissioner, who is also the administrator of HUDA, has not taken steps to develop the layout and has not paid the interest due to the bank despite repeated reminders, he alleged. Mr. Gowda threatened to hold a dharna in front of the official residence of Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to protest against the failure of the administration to take up the work.

    Taking the district administration to task for the delay in rejuvenating the Channapatnakere tank, Mr. Gowda said the previous Government had handed over the project to the Lake Development Authority and the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 5.20 crores for developing the tank. However, the Government has not released the funds, he said.

    The previous Government had also planned to open a trauma centre at the Srichamarajendra Hospital to handle accident cases, and the Union Government had sanctioned Rs. 1.2 crores for the project.

    It is the responsibility of the State Government to release its share of Rs. 30 lakhs to set up centre. However, the Minister has not ensured that the funds have not been utilised, he alleged.

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