BELLARY: Richard Hyde, British Deputy High Commissioner, Bangalore, who is touring different parts of the State, was on a two-day visit to Hospet and Bellary. “My touring the State was to have a feel of the culture, tradition, economy and politics,” he told presspersons during his visit to Bellary on Tuesday.
Mr. Hyde said that the British Trade Office in Bangalore was being upgraded as the office of the British Deputy High Commissioner and that he had been made its first Deputy High Commissioner.
“The tour was to help me to converse with the people, know their culture, the history and archaeological sites, their problems, the environment and ecological issues, reservoirs, cultivation of crops, industrial development and the like,” he said.
Mr. Hyde was in Tumkur, Davangere, Hospet before coming to Bellary. From here he is scheduled to visit Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum before reaching Bangalore in the first leg of his tour. Mr. Hyde met Deputy Commissioner B. Shivappa and ascertained all basic information about the district from him. Later, he had a discussion with Minister for Tourism and district in-charge G. Janardhan Reddy. Mr. Hyde was appreciative of the fact that efforts were on to protect the Neolithic site at Sangankal said to be the earliest village settlement of South India. He also lauded the steps being taken to set up a museum to preserve the artefact found there. He ascertained the impact of mining in the district, the water resources, Tungabhadra dam, flora and fauna and other things during the discussion he had with Santosh Martin, a naturalist and member of the Sangankal Museum Committee.