Government preparing detailed project report, says Minister Mahadevappa

While requesting the Union government to upgrade the Bangalore-Mysore State Highway to a national highway, the State government is also in the process of preparing a detailed project report for easing traffic congestion on the road by building flyovers at four prominent towns through which the highway passes, according to Public Works Minister H.C. Mahadevappa.

Replying to Janata Dal(S) member Sandesh Nagaraj during Question Hour in the Legislative Council, the Minister said that the detailed project report pertained to building flyovers in the towns of Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Mandya and Srirangapatna.

Instead of building by-passes in these towns, the government had favoured building flyovers, he said.

Replying to BJP member Kota Srinivas Poojari, the Minister said that as an immediate measure, the government had planned to build a concrete road for a stretch of 13.62 km at a cost of Rs. 46.44 crore in the Shiradi Ghat section of the national highway.

Farming in ITI course

Meanwhile, replying to a query, Minister of State for Agriculture Krishna Byre Gowda said that the State government was set to introduce agriculture as a subject in ITI courses from this year. The intention was to provide some kind of formal education to farm youth on various aspects of agriculture, he noted.

The House also paid tributes to the former Minister S. Nanjappa who died on January 26. Nanjappa, who had been elected to the Assembly from K.R. Nagar constituency twice, was a minister in the H.D. Deve Gowda Cabinet.