Special Correspondent

The budget has fulfilled Shimoga's expectations

Vishwa Kannada Sammelan to be held in Shimoga in NovemberIt will mark the golden jubilee of reorganisation of the StateThe budget also contains a proposal for setting up a first grade college

SHIMOGA: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who holds the Finance portfolio, has fulfilled the expectations of his home district Shimoga by sanctioning many longstanding demands in his maiden budget on Monday.

Apart from meeting some of the main demands, he has made some unexpected sanctions much to the pleasant surprise of the people in the district.

The Vishwa Kannada Sammelan to be held in the district in November is among them. The sammelan is to commemorate the golden jubilee of the reorganisation of the State. This is the second sammelan after the first was held in Mysore.

The announcement has received wide appreciation from the fields of culture and literature here, though a small section is sceptical about its success in view of the 73rd Akhil Karnataka Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Shimoga.

However, the majority opinion is that it will provide exposure to the literally and culturally rich Shimoga.

The district is also home to leading literary persons such as the Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy, poets G.S. Shivarudrappa and Lakshminarayana Bhat, who have made immense contribution to Kannada literature.

The sammelan is likely to throw light on the tourism potential of the district and the Malnad region in general.

Other announcements

The budget also contains other announcements relating to the development of the district such as the establishment of a government first grade college and a college of veterinary sciences, launching of the land acquisition process for the airport, construction of a bridge across the Tunga on Bangalore-Honnavar Road in Shimoga city, matching grants for railway overbridges, establishment of a research station in organic farming and approval for the Rs. 28-crore augmented water supply scheme for Shimoga city.

At the same time, Mr. Yediyurappa has not forgotten his Assembly constituency, Shikaripur.

Apart from steps for the all-round development of Shikaripur town and a water supply scheme for Shiralkoppa town in the taluk, he has announced a special package for the development of Udagani, the birthplace of saint-poetess Akka Mahadevi of the 12th century. A scheme has also been announced for the preservation of the temple complex at Belligave, considered an architectural marvel.