Staff Correspondent

  • Steps to be taken to repair NH 63 between Bellary and Hospet, and Hospet bypass road
  • `Mine owners willing to start super-speciality hospitals at Hospet, Bellary and Sandur'

    BELLARY: H.R. Gaviyappa, Hospet MLA, has promised to extend full support to clear unauthorised structures and curb illegal activities at Hampi.

    Responding to questions by presspersons at Hospet on Wednesday, he said unauthorised structures and illegal activities would not only spoil the environment of Hampi world heritage site but would also affect the sanctity of this well-known pilgrim centre. He said he had already spoken to the Deputy Commissioner and urged him to initiate steps to clear the structures and encroachments besides promising support in this regard.

    Mr. Gaviyappa said he would make efforts to get the NH 63 between Bellary and Hospet and the Hospet bypass road repaired. Admitting that both were in awful condition, he said he would immediately take up the matter with the officials concerned, including the Chief Engineer National Highway, and urge them to order filling of potholes on NH 63.

    Slow pace

    Although Rs. 3 crore had been released for taking up patchworks and filling of potholes, besides fixing the agency to execute the work, the progress had been on a snail's pace putting the road users to hardship.

    With regard to the Hospet bypass road linking NH 63 with NH 13 (Solapur-Bangalore) that was in a bad shape, Mr. Gaviyappa said he was in favour of introducing toll and entrusting the re-laying work to a private agency.

    He said he had already spoken to the Deputy Commissioner to come out with a detailed plan. He said as heavy vehicles used the road, patchworks would not suffice.

    Water supply

    He said he had accorded top priority to supply of drinking water in his constituency. A sum of Rs. 1.03 crore had been allocated to various drinking water schemes in his constituency.

    Mr. Gaviyappa said he would also lay more stress on getting a degree college sanctioned for Hospet.

    He said the mine owners in the district had expressed their willingness to start three super-speciality hospitals at Hospet, Bellary and Sandur.

    The proposal was in the initial stage and he would pursue the matter with mine owners.