Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Sunday that a special grant of Rs. 100 crore would be granted to the Mangalore City Corporation during 2010-11 for infrastructure development.

Addressing presspersons here, he said that this special grant would be in addition to the Rs. 100 crore announced in the 2008-09 budget.

While presenting the 2008-09 budget, the Chief Minister had announced a special grant of Rs. 100 crore for infrastructure development here and had said that it would be released in two instalments of Rs. 50 crore each during 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that the district sub-jail in the city would be shifted to the outskirts. Land for the new building was yet to be identified. The new building would be constructed on public-private-partnership (PPP) model. When his attention was drawn to a building of the sub-jail coming up near the Canara College here, Mr. Yddyurappa said possibilities of utilising that building for some other purpose would be explored. However, a decision would soon be taken on releasing the funds for the sub-jail in the outskirts, he said.

Arecanut

Mr. Yeddurappa said that the Government would conduct a study to assess the production cost of arecanut. The findings of the study would then be forwarded to the Union Government.

He said the Government had released Rs. 2 crore to the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd (CAMPCO) for procuring white arecanut from farmers under the market intervention scheme. Now, white arecanut was being purchased at Rs. 75 a kg, the minimum support price announced by the Government. Another Rs. 3 crore would soon be released for the same purpose. If required, the deadline for procuring arecanut would be extended till June-end, the Chief Minister said. He said that a decision would soon be taken on providing land to the CAMPCO for its second chocolate factory at Bangalore. Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada J. Krishna Palemar and MLA N. Yogish Bhat were present.

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