KARNATAKA

556 families to be rehabilitated from slums

MYSORE, AUG. 21. As many as 556 families living in slums in the Krishnaraja Assembly Constituency will be rehabilitated on a site measuring 3.6 hectares on the outskirts of the city. The Karnataka State Slum Clearance Board and the Mysore Urban Development Authority are taking up the work.

At a press conference here on Saturday, M.K. Somashekar, MLA for Krishnaraja, said the Board had identified 142 families living in D. Devaraj Urs Colony, 206 in Dharam Singh Colony and 208 in Ambedkar Colony at Ashokapuram for the rehabilitation. The Board would build houses for them on the land to be handed over by the authority. The issue would be discussed at the August 27 meeting of the authority.

Mr. Somashekar, who is from the Janata Dal (Secular), said there was no politics involved in the identification of beneficiaries by the Board.

Water supply

The MLA said the proposal to supply drinking water to the city from Kabini Reservoir at Nanjangud near here was discussed at the previous meeting of the authority.

Noting that Rs. 1 crore had been set aside for the project, he said the work was expected to begin soon. He attributed the drinking water shortage in parts of the constituency to the disruption of power supply on account of the recent rain.

According to him, a proposal has been sent to Chief Engineer, Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (MESCOM), for installation of an express feeder line at Belagola Pumping Station. He said this would ensure uninterrupted supply of water. A pipeline to augment supply would be laid through Kalamandira to K.G. Koppal in the constituency. Work had begun on this project, estimated at Rs. 15 lakhs. A pipeline would also be laid from the storage tank near German Press to Zoo Garden shortly, he added.

To improve power supply, 26 transformers would be replaced and electricity poles and wires overhauled. The Rs. 5.5 crores needed for the project would be obtained as a loan from the Asian Development Bank, he added.

Asphalting of Mahatma Gandhi Road in the city, estimated at Rs. 10 lakhs, would be taken up within a week. Potholes formed on the road following the recent rain, he said.