Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will initiate a project worth Rs. 45 crore on Saturday, which would irrigate 10,000 acres of farm land in Navalgund taluk in Dharwad district.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, Navalgund MLA, said that the bhoomi puja for the project would coincide with the Farmers’ Martyrs’ Day.

Mr. Patil said that although several villages in Navalgund taluk were in the Malaprabha river command area, they were yet to enjoy the irrigation facility as they were at the tail-end of the canal.

He said that the ‘Naragund Bandaya’ (Naragund Revolt) in the 1980s, in which two farmers lost their lives, was organised by farmers against the then government for being made to pay a levy for water, which was not supplied to them.

“Even three decades after the incident, the problems of farmers have not been addressed. The project being launched by the Chief Minister will hopefully put an end to the farmers’ woes,” he said.

Other projects

On the occasion, the Chief Minister would also initiate other irrigation projects, including construction of a barrage across Benni Halla near Amaragol for a lift irrigation project worth Rs. 18 crore; construction of another barrage across Tuppiri Halla between Gobbaragumpi and Shanawad for a lift irrigation at a cost of Rs. 12.5 crore; modification of a branch canal at Naragund at a cost of Rs. 10.5 crore; and improvement of the Malaprabha Right Bund Canal (between 61 and 65 km) at a cost of Rs. 14.74 crore.

Two years

Mr. Munenakoppa said that although a 12-month period had been fixed to complete the works, it would take at least two years considering practical problems.

He said that the Chief Minister would also inaugurate development works worth Rs. 5 crore and perform bhoomi pujas for other works worth Rs. 70 crore on Saturday.

Insurance

To a query, he said that, in all, Rs. 6.14 crore had been released to the Navalgund Assembly constituency towards disbursement of crop insurance compensation, and the process of crediting the amount to the farmers’ bank accounts would be completed within a month.

‘Suvarna Grama’

To another query, he said that Alagavadi village in Navalgund taluk would be developed as ‘Suvarna Grama’ at a cost of Rs. 1.84 crore. Regarding de-silting of Benni Halla, he said that the work on it was taken up through a special scheme chalked out by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj under the rural employment guarantee scheme.

He clarified that the de-silting works were taken up only near the bridges close to the villages, to prevent floodwater from entering villages during monsoon.

“It was special scheme approved only for Navalgund taluk,” he said.


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