Special Correspondent

Rs. 10 crore set aside for farm university

Rs. 20 crore for development

of SIMS

SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is being widely appreciated for announcing new projects for his home district, Shimoga, in the budget he presented on Friday.

One of the major projects — aimed at providing a lasting solution to the peculiar diseases affecting the main commercial crops such as areca and paddy of Malnad region — is the establishment of the University of Agricultural Sciences in Shimoga, for which he has set aside Rs. 10 crore. The announcement has been hailed by the farming community as the fulfilment of a long-standing demand of the region.

Expenditure

It is said that the establishment of a new farm university in Shimoga does not involve heavy expenditure, as it only needs to upgrade the existing Regional Research Station and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Navule, which is a unit of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Other projects in the budget that have received an encouraging response include establishment of the Sahyadri Traditional Development Authority at a cost of Rs. 20 crore; allocation of Rs. 20 crore for the development of the Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS); laying synthetic track at Nehru Stadium at a cost of Rs. 5 crore; allocation of Rs. 10 crore to the Government College for Veterinary Sciences being established here; continuation of Bhadra Canal modernisation, and the decision to meet 50 per cent of the cost of Shimoga-Harihar rail line and the extension of the railway line between Talaguppa and Honnavar.

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