Delegation to meet Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda

A.S. Patil Nadahalli, Devarahipparagi MLA, has said that a delegation of elected representatives and irrigation experts will meet Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda soon to appeal him to take steps to complete the pending irrigation projects in the region.

Addressing media persons here on Saturday, he said the State government had not taken any step to complete irrigation projects under Upper Krishna Project even a year after the verdict of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal.

Instead of making false assurances, the government should release funds for these projects and ensure that the authorities concerned were taking up the works sincerely. “The elected representatives and the public would be forced to launch an agitation to pressure the government to complete the projects,” Mr. Patil said.

Though the government had allocated Rs. 17,207 crore for these projects, it was not clear whether the amount included the rehabilitation costs.

The government had to acquire one lakh acres for the project and as per the present market value, the rate of an acre land in the area varied from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh. Hence, approximately Rs. 15,000 crore would be required for land acquisition.

The rehabilitation of 22 villages in Bagalkot district required approximately Rs. 5,000 crore.

If the allocated amount did not include the rehabilitation costs, the government should immediately make arrangements for the required funds.

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