`The Rs. 3.02-crore work was sanctioned and taken up in 2003'
KUDITINI VILLAGE (BELLARY DISTRICT): People of Kuditini village under the leadership of Allum Veerbhadrappa, former Minister and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, staged a rasta roko on Tuesday protesting against, among other things, the inordinate delay in completing the drinking water project.
Movement of vehicular traffic on the National Highway 63 (Karwar-Bellary) came to a standstill for over an hour owing to the strike. Mr. Veerbhadrappa expressed concern over the delay in completing the construction of the tank on the outskirts of the village. According to them, the Rs. 3.02-crore work was sanctioned and taken up in 2003 under the Congress regime. Mr. Veerbhadrappa took exception to the failure of officials for not distributing sites to people under the Ashraya scheme, for which pattas had been given. He urged the authorities to take steps to control the spread of chikungunya and distribute medicines.
The dharna was withdrawn following an assurance from the Deputy Secretary of the zilla panchayat that the works would be expedited before Deepavali.
V.N. Girimallappa, Inath Reddy, Gonal Virupakshagowda, Sali Siddaiah Swamy, A. Ravindra, L. Marenna, U. Venkoba, Vijayakumargowda and Yalpi Pompanagowda participated in the agitation.