Staff Correspondent

`It must be given to maintain building as heritage structure'

The land in front of Karnatak College belongs to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Civic body offers part of land to Karnatak University at Rs. 1.5 crore

DHARWAD: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar has promised to take steps for handing over 1.32 acres of land opposite Karnatak College here to the Karnatak University.

Speaking at a function to mark the inauguration of "Kreeda Bhavan" of Karnatak University here on Monday, Mr. Shettar promised to discuss the issue with the officials concerned and the Deputy Commissioner and take decision at the earliest.

The Minister concurred with the argument that the land in front of the college should be given to the university to maintain the college building as a heritage structure. "The issue regarding the cost of the land will be sorted out at the earliest," he said.

The Minister regretted that rural sports were not promoted. "They can survive and prosper only when society and the government promote them," he said.

Earlier, Vice-Chancellor M. Khajapeer appealed to the Minister to take steps for allotting the land for the university.

The land situated in front of the Karnatak College, which was believed to belong to the college, belonged to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation. Consequently, the HDMC had chalked out a plan for building a zonal office of the corporation and also a commercial complex. But owing to protests from various organisations and the alumni of the college, it dropped the move. It decided to use only a part of the land for the zonal office and give the remaining land to the university at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore. However, the syndicate of the University said that it could pay only Rs. 20 lakh for the land. The matter had been kept pending since then.