Special Correspondent

He inaugurates drinking water supply scheme

SHIMOGA: About 1,200 villages coming under the Tirtahalli Assembly constituency do not have power supply even after 60 years of independence, said Tirtahalli MLA Kimmane Ratnakar at Kudumallige in Tirtahalli taluk on Friday.

He inaugurated drinking water supply scheme to be taken up at a cost of Rs. 19 lakh at Kudumallige in Tirtahalli taluk.

Mr. Ratnakar said he would launch a padayatra to protest against the failure of the successive governments to provide power connection to these villages reeling under darkness. He alleged that people here were being misled in the name of the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project. He said that a minimum of Rs. 500 crore was needed for the comprehensive development of a constituency and the actual expenditure for the development of each gram panchayat was to the tune of Rs. 10 crore.

He said that at least 30-40 electric poles would be needed to supply power to a handful of houses in the Malnad region because 200-400 inches of rainfall is recorded there and the houses are scattered. He said that the rules for rural electrification meant for the plains should not be applied to the Malnad region.

Mr. Ratnakar asked officials to understand the hardships being faced by people living in remote areas. He said he would tour 61 villages to understand people’s problems during his proposed padayatra.