KARNATAKA

Water, queen's statue, discussed in meetings

Special Correspondent

`Take decisions on the issues concerning Mangalore'

Nagaraj Shetty told to take up the issue with Government'Ensure work on rangamandira starts soon'

MANGALORE: In a series of meetings at the Deputy Commissioner's office on Saturday three committees urged the State Government to take final decisions on issues such as water sharing pattern of Gurupur vented dam, installation of Rani Abbakka statue and construction of the Kannada Rangamandira.

The committees urged the district in-charge Minister B. Nagaraj Shetty to take up the issue with the Government.

The members of the committee set up for the construction of the rangamandira in Mangalore expressed dismay over the delay in starting the construction work despite the district administration having funds for the project. Funds were also expected from some organisations and the State Government for the project.

President of the Dakshina Kannada District Kannada Sahitya Parishat Pradeep Kumar Kalkura said that issue had dodged solution for the last 27 years. He said that the committee should ensure that the work started soon so that donors would come forward with proposals.

Mr. Shetty said the rangamandira could be built in 24 months and construction should start with the money that had been collected for the purpose.

He also asked the Department of Kannada and Culture to process the papers immediately and to get the approval for the plan in consultation with the committee. Mr. Shetty said the committee should consult architects and designers and try to include experts into its core panel. The members of the committee formed for the installation of Abbakka's statue in Mangalore expressed disappointment over the issue being sidelined by the Government.

Letter

President of the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Acacemy M.K. Seetharama Kulal said he had received a letter from I.M. Vittalmurthy, Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture, stating that the Government had decided to install the statue in Mangalore and the academy should suggest the design, and the place for the statue.

Former chairman of the Mangalore Urban Development Authority and a member of the committee K. Thejomaya said that the committee should give a "realistic" design for the statue. The members of the committee on sharing the water of the Gurupur river objected to the water being released to the proposed Export Promotion Parks of India (EPIP).

They said that the Government should reserve the augmented water in the Gurupur vented dam exclusively for drinking and irrigation in the six villages around Gurupur in Mangalore taluk.

Mr. Shetty explained that the water would be primarily used for domestic and agricultural purposes and the EPIP would be given 0.5 MGD of water.

The committee also urged the Government to make arrangement for supplying drinking water to all the six villages.