Kumaraswamy will stay overnight at gram panchayat member's house in Suganahalli Kumaraswamy will stay at gram panchayat member's house
Villagers face drinking water scarcity from January to JuneThey will air their demand for a lift irrigation project
HUBLI: Suganahalli, a sleepy village in Shirahatti taluk of Gadag district, has been spruced up to welcome Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister will be staying overnight at the house of gram panchayat member Suvaranavva Basavaraj Hombalimath. Her husband Basavaraj is a farmer, who is presently acting as the priest at the local Virabhadreshwara temple.
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements with the cooperation of villagers and local elected representatives to welcome the Chief Minister. Deputy Commissioner G.M. Dhananjaya, along with senior officials of various departments, had visited the village recently.
Following their visit, some of the roads have been repaired and the village is bustling with activity. Villagers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mr. Kumaraswamy, the second Chief Minister after Ramakrishna Hegde, to visit the village. Ms. Hombalimath's house has been given a facelift by the Public Works Department. The village faces all the problems of a typical North Karnataka village, the main one being that of drinking water. Situated at a distance of 50 km from the district headquarters, the village has around 500 houses with a population of around 3,000. Every year from January to June, the villagers face shortage of drinking water.
The villagers who are mainly dependent on agriculture have been hit by lack of adequate rainfall and some of the families in the village have migrated in search of employment. The village has a government primary school. Although there is bus facility, it is inadequate, according to the villagers.
Although the village has five gram panchayat members in the 16-member Bannikoppa Gram Panchayat, most of the government schemes related to housing remain only on the paper.
The villagers feel that a lift irrigation project to draw water from the Tungabhadra river, which flows at a distance of 15 km from the village, would go a long way in improving their living standards. And it will be one of their main demands to the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister will arrive at Shirahatti by helicopter from Hagaribommanahalli in Bellary district at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. After participating in inauguration of works in Shirahatti, he will leave by road to Suganahalli and reach there by 6.30 p.m..