Minister for Revenue V. Srinivas Prasad on Wednesday assured the Legislative Council the government has not abandoned the proposal to form 43 new taluks as announced during the previous BJP government regime.

The new taluks will be formed in phases, owing to the huge financial implications, Mr. Prasad said, while responding to a question by Mahantesh Kavatagimath on the formation of Nippani and Kagwad taluks in Belgaum district. Mr. Kavatagimath wanted the government to at least announce formation of these two new taluks since the legislature session is being held in Belgaum.

Leader of the Opposition D.V. Sadananda Gowda said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had promised allocation of at least Rs. 2 crore for every new taluk. “We do not want any credit for creating new taluks. Formation of new taluks is bound to improve the administration,” he said.

Mr. Prasad said Rs. 20 crore was required for the formation of a taluk and at the present rate, the government would require at least Rs. 1,000 crore to create 43 new taluks and it would be difficult to undertake the same in one go. “We are considering creating 10 taluks at a time by allocating about Rs. 250 crore,” he said.