GDCC Bank chief leads delegation to Bangalore

‘Governments have neglected MLI Project'

GULBARGA: A delegation of farmers, led by chairman of the Gulbarga District Central Cooperative Bank Kedarlingaiah Hiremath, which met Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Bangalore on Tuesday, demanded allocation of adequate funds in the State Budget for 2010-11 for execution of the Mallabad Lift Irrigation Project (MLIP), which will provide irrigation facility to Jewargi in Gulbarga district and Shahpur and Surpur in Yadgir district. Mr. Hiremath told presspersons here on Wednesday that the delegation met Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Bommai separately and sought increased allocations for the early completion of the project.

He said that both the Chief Minister and Mr. Bommai had responded positively to their plea.

He said the delegation apprised them that the main reason for the delay in executing major and medium irrigation projects in the district was the failure to provide adequate funds.

Mr. Hiremath said the present Government allocated just Rs. 42 crore last year and had invited tenders for execution of work at Balbatti lift point, leaving out the Naganur and Yelgod lift points. Unless the Government allocated more funds and took up work on all three lift points, the project would be infinitely delayed.

He said Mr. Bommai also indicated that the Government proposed to upgrade the Jewargi Branch Canal of the Upper Krishna Project by increasing its height to enable enough flow of water and to lift water for the MLI project. The delegation urged the Chief Minister to set up the Jewargi Food Park at the earliest.

The cost of the project has escalated to Rs. 250 crore.