Minor Irrigation Minister and district in-charge Govind Karjol has said that the third phase of the Upper Krishna Project would be completed in the next five years.

Addressing presspersons after unfurling the national flag at 63{+r}{+d}Republic Day celebrations here on Thursday, he said recently the State Government has submitted Rs. 17,200-crore action plan for administrative approval.

The State Government has decided to release Rs. 533 crore for providing basic infrastructure in Bagalkot district.

Later, the Minister handed over keys of Aasare houses to victims of 2009 floods at Benal and Suralikal villages of Hunagund taluk.

A total of 264 houses and 226 houses were constructed on 27.24 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 2.1 crore at Benal and Suralikal villages respectively with the help of private organisations.