Staff Correspondent

‘If Government falls development schemes may come to a halt’

HASSAN: The present political turmoil in the State regarding the transfer of power to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has delayed the announcement of reservation for the posts of president and vice-president in the urban local bodies.

Candidates who won the local body elections are eager to know the reservation pattern.

With most of the MLAs camping in Bangalore, there is uncertainty in local political circles.

Hassan district too is no exception. With district in-charge Minister H.D. Revanna busy with political activities in Bangalore, the newly elected members are finding it difficult to approach him.

In Hassan district, the outcome of the elections to the Hassan City Municipal Council, the five town municipal councils of Arsikere, Holenarsipur, Chennaraypatna, Sakleshpur and Belur and the Arkalgud Town Panchayat is clear. In Alur, it is a fractured verdict.

The newly elected members are worried about the Government collapsing, which may lead to Assembly elections, as they have promised voters to solve local problems and to provide better civic amenities.

As several crores of rupees have been pumped into the development of Hassan city, several contractors have invested their money in various schemes.

Some have disposed of their land in villages and shifted to Hassan city.

Following these development schemes, the land value in Hassan has gone up four times and many estate agents have invested money and purchased land.

If the Government falls, all development schemes will come to a standstill and there will be a crash in prices.