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Ambitious plan for South India’s oldest village

Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism, said that a plan had been prepared for developing Sangankal hills, which is known as the earliest village settlement of South India dating back to the Neolithic Age.

The cost of implementing the plan was estimated at Rs. 2 crore.

The Minister told presspersons here on Tuesday that as per the plan, 15 view points would be developed on the hills and a dormitory built for tourists.

“About Rs. 1.5 crore has already been released from the Tourism Department to the Deputy Commissioner to implement the plan,” he said.

Mr. Reddy said that it was planned to build a four-lane road from Sangankal, where the proposed airport would come up, to the world famous Hampi, to enable the tourists coming by air to reach Hampi easily.

Pre-planned

Mr. Reddy, referring to the Chaganur incident, said that it was a pre-planned one by the Opposition parties, especially the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular).

Unable to tolerate the development of the district on a fast pace under the B.S. Yediyurappa Government on one hand and not being able to point out any mistakes of the Government, the Opposition parties were trying to obstruct development works in one way or the other.

“No one can stop the development works and I am confident of completing all the works proposed,” he said.

According to him, farmers of Chaganur had not opposed the proposed airport coming up near their village and had voluntarily extended their cooperation to the survey teams from Infrastructure Development Enterprises – Karnataka (IDEK) that conducted the contour survey of lands identified for the airport.

He said that people would teach a lesson to the Opposition in the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha.

Meeting

The district-level BJP party leaders and workers meeting will be held on February 22 to elicit their opinion on how to go about in the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha and about the choice of the party candidate.

The meeting would elect a new district unit president which was necessitated after the incumbent G. Somashekar Reddy was elected to the Legislative Assembly, and also other office-bearers, he said.

About reports of N.Y. Hanumanthappa, Congress MP in Chitradurga, planning to join the BJP, Mr. Janardhan Reddy said he was not aware of it.

Matter of choice

“We never go to people asking them to join the party. People on their own, after being convinced of the good works being turned out by the Yediyurappa Government, are voluntarily joining the party,” he said in reply to another question.

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