The budget presented on Friday by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has brought little cheer to the district. Except for the construction of a glasshouse on the lines of the Lalbagh in Bangalore, two lift irrigation projects and formation of a new taluk, Nyamati, no other schemes have been proposed for the district.

Mr. Shettar has mentioned in the budget that a glasshouse would be built here at a cost of Rs. 2 crore. He has approved the Harapanahalli lift irrigation project, which will provide drinking water to over 60 villages in that taluk. In addition, it has been proposed to fill the Shanthi Sagar tank with water drawn from the Tungabhadra river.

However, many long-pending demands, including the setting up of a government medical college, an agricultural college at Kadajji, a maize processing centre and cold storage to store horticultural and agricultural crops, a textile park, construction of an airport and a truck terminal, among others, have not been fulfilled.

However, Mr. Shettar announced a grant of Rs. 5 crore each to the Viraktha Math here and the Panchamasali Math in Harihar.

The State government has conceded the demand and agreed to convert Nyamati into a taluk, along with 42 other taluks proposed.

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