Several demands of the people have been conceded

The past year proved to be an eventful one for Gulbarga district, as among other things, the demand for special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region through an amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution was granted after 30 years of struggle.

It was the former Union Minister C.M. Stephen, who was elected from the Gulbarga Lok Sabha constituency in 1980, who emphasised the need to accord special status to Hyderabad Karnataka.

Moved by the plight of the people, Stephen persuaded the then Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao to hold a Cabinet meeting in Gulbarga.

It was in this meeting that a committee headed by former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh was constituted to recommend measures to deal with the region’s backwardness. Based on the committee’s recommendations, the State government constituted the Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board. Others who helped keep the demand alive include the former Ministers Vishwanath Reddy Mudnal and Vaijnath Patil.

Another long-pending demand which was granted this year was the introduction of an exclusive night train from Solapur to Bangalore. A superfast express now runs on alternate days between the two cities.

Two other unfinished projects are the Gulbarga Airport and the direct rail link between Bidar and Gulbarga. Although the construction of the airport began four years back, work on the runway and terminal building is yet to be completed. As for the rail link, the laying of the railway line from Bidar to Gulbarga district is nearly complete; however, work on the rail line from Gulbarga to the borders of Bidar district proceeds at a snail’s pace.

  • The former Union Minister C.M. Stephen emphasised need for special status in 1980

  • Construction on Gulbarga airport that began four years ago is yet to be completed