‘It's silent on improving facilities in Hampi, infrastructure development'

People of Bellary district had nothing to feel glad about in the maiden budget of Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

Except for the proposal to remove silt from the Tungabhadra reservoir, and set up a hotel management college, the budget is silent about improving facilities at Hampi, a world heritage centre, or infrastructure development in the district, especially in view of the anticipated huge investment on setting up mega steel plants in the near future.

Although the proposal to remove silt from the Tungabhadra reservoir was welcome, the Chief Minister had not provided details of how it would be executed within a stipulated timeframe.

Manjappa Hosmane, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, said that the Chief Minister could have announced a special incentive for the development of agriculture and industries in north Karnataka region.

Expressing concern over the drop in allocation for education, he said he was at a loss to understand the purpose for which funds were earmarked for religious institutions.