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Assessment: President of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat Deerghakeshi Shivanna at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Madikeri on Tuesday.
Assessment: President of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat Deerghakeshi Shivanna at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Madikeri on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

CESC Executive Engineer says only KPTCL can answer queries on power shortage

Delay in taking up construction of D. Devaraj Urs Bhavan attributed to inadequate funds

Tenders will be invited for the second time for taking up works on the Makutta Road

Madikeri: The issue of frequent power cuts in Kodagu district in the last ten days figured prominently in the monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting held at the Old Assembly Hall here on Tuesday. Kodagu Zilla Panchayat president Deerghakeshi Shivanna presided over the meeting.

T.P. Ramesh, a member of the Kannada Jagruti Samiti, an invitee to the meeting, demanded explanation from the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) Executive Engineer for unscheduled power cuts. Sometimes, the load shedding is for more than 14 hours in a day inconveniencing students, businessmen and housewives, he said.

CESC Executive Engineer Venugopal said that the problem of power shortage was a state-wide phenomenon and that the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) should be asked the question. However, the situation could improve from November 14 when additional power was likely to be purchased by the State Government, Mr. Venugopal said. Mr. Ramesh replied that if the situation did not improve, Kannada activists would launch an agitation in front of the CESC office. Ms. Deerghakeshi said a resolution would be adopted to be sent to the Government and theKarnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd to restore proper power supply.

The Public Works Department officials informed that road repair work on the Kushalnagar-Sampaje Road would be taken up soon. For works to be taken up on the Makutta Road (connecting Kodagu-Kerala), tenders were being invited for the second time.

Next, Ms. Deerghakeshi raised the issue of the delay in the construction of the D. Devaraj Urs Bhavan near the District Stadium.

The District Backward Classes and Minorities Officer replied that as per the revised estimate, the project would cost Rs. 32.55 lakh. The zilla panchayat and the Department of Backward Classes and Minorities had contributed Rs. 10 lakh each and that he had sought more funds from his department.

Mr. Ramesh suggested that they should seek funds from MPLAD and MLA funds. Ms. Deerghakeshi opined that they could get the required funds from the proposed Rs. 25-crore package to Kodagu to be released by the State Government.

Ms. Deerghakeshi, who initiated the meeting, asked the representatives of department heads to leave the hall as they would not be equipped to answer questions in the absence of their department heads.

The president of the Standing Committee in the zilla panchayat on Agriculture and Industry, M.K. Nanjappa, asked the details about proposed utilisation of a sum of Rs. 11.72 crore for taking up various activities in the Department of Animal Husbandry in Kodagu under the special economic package, on the lines of Vidarbha package announced by the Prime Minister last year. The official of the Department of Animal Husbandrycould not give a convincing reply.

The Ambedkar Development Corporation official was reprimanded for not identifying the beneficiaries in Kodagu for providing borewells in the last three years.

However, Chief Planning Officer Vasundharadevi said that neither the agency was fixed for the implementation of the scheme nor was the target fixed for Kodagu in the last three years.

The Corporation official clarified that a target of 39 beneficiaries had been fixed for Kodagu for the current year but the agency was yet to be fixed.

The Executive Officers of the taluk panchayats in Kodagu were asked to take steps to identify the Government lands in the district so that they could be converted into sites to be given to the needy to build houses.

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