Staff Correspondent

It proves his lack of concern: Shivanna

He says

  • Chief Minister was seeking votes in Chamundeshwari
  • But he did not have time to visit H.D. Kote

    MYSORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who has been touring Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, for the past two days came under fire from the former Minister M. Shivanna for his "failure" to visit the neighbouring H.D. Kote taluk, where the crest gate at Taraka reservoir has collapsed.

    Shivanna, a Congress leader from H.D. Kote, said at a press conference in Mysore on Saturday that one of the crest gates to Taraka reservoir had collapsed late on Friday night, leading to large-scale destruction of crops and livestock.

    "A large number of people have been affected by the calamity. But the Chief Minister, who was in Mysore till 6 a.m. on Saturday, left for Bangalore without visiting H.D. Kote," Mr. Shivanna said. This incident was enough to prove the Chief Minister's lack of genuine concern for the people, he added.

    `No empathy'

    Mr. Shivanna said that the Chief Minister, who had been soliciting votes from the people of Chamundeshwari constituency for the past two days, had no time to empathise with the people of H.D. Kote who were facing a tragedy.

    "I could not even reach the Deputy Commissioner of Mysore Selva Kumar, who was with the Chief Minister, till the early hours of Saturday," said Mr Shivanna, who reached the accident site at 2 a.m. on Saturday. Mr. Shivanna urged Water Resources Minister K.S. Eshwarappa to visit the site soon and order an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the collapse of the crest gate.

    Officials guilty of dereliction of duty should be punished and the farmers adequately compensated, he said.

    The Taraka reservoir, which was completed in 1983, was filled to the brim for the first time. Out of the 3.7 tmc.ft. of water collected in the dam, as much as 2 tmc.ft. would be lost, he said.

    Hundreds of acres of land along the course of the canal had been submerged. Sugarcane, plantain, jowar, coconut and cotton plantation had been affected.

    Contact has been lost with hundreds of villages owing to the submergence of four to five bridges in the area. Several houses and temples have also been submerged, he said.