KARNATAKA

Rumours on district status for Shikaripur taluk quashed

Special Correspondent

We will not divide Shimoga for political mileage, says Raghavendra



Talks under way for new railway line between Talaguppa and Honnawar

MPs to divert Rs. 25 lakh from area development fund towards flood relief



SHIMOGA: B.Y. Raghavendra, MP, has stated that there was no proposal before the Government to make Shikaripur taluk a separate district.

Talking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Raghavendra said that neither he nor his father, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would divide Shimoga district by carving out a separate district for political mileage. However, he said that no effort would be spared in turning the taluk into a model taluk, equipped with the same infrastructure as any district headquarters.

He dismissed the notion that Shikaripur would be turned into a district as a bogey made up by representatives of some organisations and the leaders of the Opposition.

Mr. Raghavendra denied rumours that the McGann General Hospital here would be shifted to Shikaripur and said that the Government Hospital in Shikaripur, which had been upgraded to a district hospital, would be equipped with all modern facilities, not only for the benefit of the residents of Shikaripur but also the residents of neighbouring taluks.

Development

He said that the Mcgann General Hospital here, which had been merged with the Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), would be developed further. He added that Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda would be requested not to levy extra charges for treatment at the Mcgann Hospital. Asked about the delay in the introduction of the inter-city fast train between Shimoga and Bangalore, he said that talks were under way with the authorities concerned on the laying of a new line from Talaguppa to Honnawar in order to link Shimoga to the Konkan Railway.

Fund diversion

Mr. Raghavendra said that the MPs from Karnataka had decided to earmark Rs. 25 lakh each from their area development funds towards flood relief in north Karnataka.

Special permission would be taken from the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to legitimise the diversion, he said.