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Farmers happy with package, says Yediyurappa

  • 660 acres of land will be acquired for the project
  • Work on airports in Hassan, Gulbarga and Bijapur to start soon

    BANGALORE: The State Government has fixed compensation for the 660 acres of land it will acquire for the airport in Shimoga. Work on the project will commence after two months.

    Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa told presspersons here on Wednesday that the compensation had been fixed at Rs. 6 lakh for an acre of dry land and Rs. 7 lakh for an acre of wetland. About 130 acres of private land and 530 acres of government land would be acquired for the project.

    Fifty-one farmers who were been cultivating crops on private lands would lose them. As many as 353 farmers were cultivating 530 acres of government lands.

    A suitable compensation would also be given to farmers cultivating government lands, he said.

    Mr. Yediyurappa, who holds the Finance portfolio, said the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) had notified the lands for acquisition.

    He said the farmers, who would lose the lands, were satisfied with the compensation package of the Government.

    Work on the airport projects in Hassan, Gulbarga and Bijapur would commence in a few months. All airports would be developed by private companies, which would be short listed soon, he said.

    Revenue

    A high growth had been registered in resource mobilisation in May this year. The collection of revenue was Rs. 4,117 crore as against Rs. 3,457 crore in the same month last year, an increase of 19.09 per cent.

    This had translated into an additional availability of Rs. 660 crore for people's welfare programmes and development works, he pointed out.

    Dandavathi project

    Mr. Yediyurappa on Wednesday reviewed the Water Resources Department's projects and said a survey had been ordered for constructing a Rs. 200-crore dam across the Dandavathi, a tributary of the Varada in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district. The department had been instructed to complete the survey in a month.

    Samajwadi Party leader and MP S. Bangarappa had been opposing the project stating that it was "not feasible" and that it had not been included in "A" and "B" schemes of the Bachawat Award.

    The Deputy Chief Minister said Rs. 3,772.9 crore had been earmarked for irrigation projects in 2007-08 as against Rs. 3,742.18 crore in 2006-07. Officials of the department had been directed to complete formalities of the tendering process in a month. In the last fiscal year, the Water Resources Department had completed works on 35 projects, he added.

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