Staff Correspondent

KOLAR: The Kolar district administration has decided to launch works for the integrated development of Kolar town with a Rs. 20.37-crore World Bank-assistance sanctioned under the Karnataka Municipalities Reforms Commission and the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation projects.

The project entails spending on drinking water facilities, including rainwater harvesting (RWH) schemes, in this parched region. The project lays stress on improving depleting groundwater level.

A meeting presided by in-charge Deputy Commissioner S.N. Gangadharaiah has approved the works plan based on the report submitted by Vampco, consultant agency of the commission.

The fund was sanctioned following an appeal by MLC V.R. Sudarshan in the Legislative Council. Mr. Sudarshan underlined the need for speedy development of the district headquarters [Kolar] as well as another major city, Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), in the district in the Upper House some time ago.