Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: H.K. Kumaraswamy, MLA, has said that the Government has released Rs. 20 lakh as compensation to farmers on account of crop loss owing to the elephant menace in Yesaluru hobli in Sakleshpur taluk and K. Hosakote hobli in Alur taluk.

Mr. Kumaraswamy represents the Sakleshpur Assembly constituency of which Alur taluk is also a part. Rs. 10 lakh was distributed at the Janaspandana programme in Yesaluru hobli on Saturday. Mr. Kumaraswamy told The Hindu that preparations were on to capture wild elephants and have them released deeper into the forests. For the repair of the Ballupete-Magalu Road, Rs. 50 lakh had been released. The work had already started, he added. He said the families of five people, who died after consuming illicit liquor in Bumarahalli in Sakleshpur taluk early this year, were yet to receive compensation from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Efforts were on to get the compensation released. In all, nine persons died the incident.

Shifting of villages

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he met Managing Director of the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation and discussed shifting of 17 villages in Alur taluk that were flooded by the Gorur Dam. Gorur village was also flooded and relief work was required to be undertaken there. The official had responded positively to the suggestion, he added.