KARNATAKA

UGD work: Centre gives Rs. 45.25 cr.

Correspondent



Rs. 2.86 crore released for development of Hirekolale tank



CHIKMAGALUR: H.D. Thammaiah, president of the Chikmagalur City Municipal Council (CMC), said here on Tuesday that the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 45.25 crore for underground drainage (UGD) work in the city.

Mr. Thammaiah told presspersons that as the cost of the project, to be undertaken by the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, was Rs. 65 crore, an additional Rs. 28 crore had been released to the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation, and work on it would be begin soon.

Stating that the State Finance Commission had released Rs. 5.35 crore for 2009-10, he said municipal engineers had been told to prepare an action plan in accordance with the needs of each ward. He said a committee headed by himself and the Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur had been formed to prepare an action plan to spend the budgetary allocation of Rs. 15 crore to the CMC and it would be implemented after obtaining the approval of K.S. Eshwarappa, the Minister in-charge of Chikmagalur district, and C.T. Ravi, MLA. Reiterating that he would take all members of the CMC into confidence, regardless of their political affiliation, while implementing development works, Mr. Thammaiah, who assumed charge on Saturday, said Rs. 13 lakh and Rs. 18 lakh had been sanctioned under the 12th finance plan for 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively.

Asserting that he would ensure that there was transparency in implementation of works, he said the State Government had released Rs. 2.86 crore for the development of Hirekolale tank which augments drinking water supply to the city. He said drinking water being pumped from the Yagachi reservoir had become coloured due to heavy rain and water samples had been sent to a laboratory for tests. Appealing to residents of Chikmagalur to boil the water before consuming it, he said hotels and hostels managements had been instructed to provide boiled water and maintain hygiene.

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