Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurated various developmental works in Dharwad, including the 24x7 drinking water supply and the multi-storeyed super market complex, on Sunday. He also unveiled the statues of Swami Vivekananda at the Vivekananda Circle and poet Da. Ra. Bendre at the Sadhanakeri lake garden in Dharwad.

He said that in the next one-and-a-half years, all the wards would be getting round-the-clock drinking water. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 400 crore and so far Rs. 131 crore has been sanctioned. The remaining funds would be released shortly. He said priority would be given to improve the transportation system in the city.

Besides embarking on the six-lane road project between Hubli and Dharwad, the State government had approved high-speed rail project linking Bangalore, Hubli, Dharwad and Belgaum, he said.

Mr. Shettar also inaugurated several developmental projects in Hubli, including the new building of Chitaguppi Maternity Hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that there was need for focussing more on harnessing solar power to benefit farmers. He said Hubli-Dharwad was next biggest municipal corporation in the State after Bangalore and his dream was to develop Hubli into a metro city. He said because of the budgetary allocations to Hubli, he was likely to be criticised in the session but was ready to face it.