Rs. 190-cr. to provide drinking water in Kolar

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ALL SET: The Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy getting ready for the videoconference with presspersons, in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
ALL SET: The Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy getting ready for the videoconference with presspersons, in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

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Chief Minister to discuss spread of chikungunya in the State with officials on Wednesday

Centre identifies six districts in State for providing relief Kumaraswamy to tour districts for three days in a week

Bangalore: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday said the Government would take up a Rs. 190-crore project to provide clean drinking water to residents of Kolar in the next 18 months.

"I have seen in the `Janata Darshan' that many people with disabilities come from Kolar. I have come to know that it could be because of the high fluoride content in the drinking water," he said participating in a videoconference with presspersons from across the State. The programme was organised by the Directorate of State Educational Research and Training to mark Karnataka Press Day.

Asked about relief being provided to farmers in the State as in Vidarbha, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Centre had identified six districts, including Hassan, in the State to provide relief.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would discuss the problem of chikungunya spreading in the State and non-availability of medicines with district officials on Wednesday.

Presspersons from various districts spoke to Mr. Kumaraswamy about problems in their respective districts.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that during his recent tours to Singapore and Dubai, many people had evinced interest in investing in the State. Facilities they required would be provided to them

Hubli would soon see an increase in economic development as several information technology and automobile companies had approached the Government for setting up their units in the district, he said.

In reply to questions about when he would tour the districts, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would soon tour the districts for three days in a week to understand the problems of people. District officials would be directed to hold meetings with the public on the lines of "Janata Darshan," he said.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had been visiting districts in north Karnataka because he sensed that people felt alienated as the government schemes hardly reached them.

To a question that many posts in government offices in Raichur district remained vacant, the Chief Minister said that he was aware that officials were not reporting to the posts allotted to them.

Action would be taken up against such officials, he added.

Asked about plans for the Vishwa Kannada Sammelan, the Chief Minister said if the programme were to become a success, it probably would have to be postponed from November to January next year.

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