Special Correspondent

People seek 70 to 80 new taluks

Kembhavi, Hunasagi compete for new headquarters

GULBARGA: The State Taluk Reorganisation Committee would be submitting its final report in December on its findings about the bifurcation of big taluks and forming new taluks for administrative convenience and faster development.

The three-member committee is headed by M. B. Prakash who conducted public hearing at Yedrami in Jewargi Taluk and Kembhavi in Surpur Taluk and received petitions from the elected representatives and the public. Speaking to presspersons at Yedrami, Mr. Prakash and Chiranjeev Singh, member of the committee, said that before submitting its final report, the committee would invite objections from the people. Mr. Prakash said, in the past, three district and taluk reorganisation committees were formed and their recommendations were with the Government, and this committee was the fourth.

He said the committee had toured six districts where people had demanded new taluks, and conducted public sittings.

There was a demand for carving out 70 to 80 new taluks from the existing ones, and all these demands would be given their due consideration, he added.

According to the indications by the State Government, 30 new taluks would be formed in the first phase.

Mr. Prakash said there was no dispute regarding most of the demands though there was intense competition for location of the headquarters of the proposed new taluks.

He said that there was no dispute regarding formation of new taluk from Jewargi and setting up of the headquarters at Yedrami. However, there was serious competition between Kembhavi and Hunasagi for the headquarters of the new taluk. In Yedrami, more than 45 applications were submitted for the formation of Yedrami taluk, and in Kembhavi more than 20 memorandums submitted.