Minister for Fisheries and district in-charge Anand V. Asnotikar has said that the ambitious project for providing drinking water to Challakere taluk from the Vani Vilas Sagar will be commissioned within a fortnight.

Addressing a huge gathering on Thursday after unfurling the national flag at the Republic Day celebrations at the Government Science College ground here, Mr. Asnotikar said that the Government was committed to providing potable water to the people of Chitradurga district.

Work on removing silt from 90 lakes in the district had been launched. “With the objective of providing better health care to rural people, the Government has opened 17 primary health centres in the district,” he said.

A project worth Rs. 7.88 crore to construct an underground drainage system for Hosadurga had been taken up, while another Rs. 2.95-crore project to provide drinking water to Molakalmur from Rangayyanadurga dam had been prepared, he said.

With regard to the Upper Bhadra project, which is considered the lifeline of Chitradurga district, Mr. Asnotikar said that work was progressing briskly.

Stating that the Government planned to provide sites to 1,650 people in urban areas, he said that 88 persons had already been given sites.

“We want to provide another 2,539 persons with sites here, for which 141 acres of land has been identified by the Government,” he said.

Eight persons, including representatives of a few organisations, were felicitated during the Republic Day function in recognition of their contribution to society. They were K.T. Shivakumar for social service; Jamura Kala Loka and Shiva Sanchara Kala Tanda for their contribution to theatre; Swami Vivekananda Youth Association for social service; NCC cadets Puja Patel and B.C. Shubha for participating in the Republic Day programme in New Delhi; and Sachchidananda Kuragunda, reporter, Prajavani daily.

Later, hundreds of schoolchildren presented cultural programmes.

Vipul Bansal, Deputy Commissioner; M.N. Nagaraj, Superintendent of Police; S.K. Basavarajan, MLA; and G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, were present.

  • ‘Work on removal of silt in 90 lakes in the district under way'

  • 141 acres identified for distribution of sites to 2,539 beneficiaries