: Raghu Achar, MLC, has said he will appeal to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to release funds for the early completion of the Upper Bhadra Project in order to ensure sufficient supply water for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Speaking to reporters after taking part in Deepavali celebrations at Bal Mandir here on Monday, Mr. Achar said he was committed to solve problems and provide better facilities to people of the district. “All the elected representatives of the district should fight together for Upper Bhadra Project,” he added.
If the Chief Minister fails to release the funds in the next budget for the project, elected representatives from the district should launch a protest and tender their resignations to pressure the government. “The project would play a crucial role in rejuvenating the Vani Vilas Co-operative Sugar Factory as it would help sugarcane growers in the district,” he said.
Commenting on the government order for sale of Vani Vilas Co-operative Sugar Factory, Mr. Achar said he would appeal the State government to rejuvenate the factory by releasing funds to clear debts. He said he would consider buying the factory to protect the interests o9f farmers if the government failed to act.
As more than 201 villages are suffering from high fluoride content in water in the district, the State government has been urged to take steps to install defluoridation plant and reverse osmosis units in all the affected villages. “If the State government fails to do so, I would pay the necessary amount personally and install the units,” Mr. Achar added.