KARNATAKA

Work on bypass soon: Janardhan Reddy

Staff Correspondent



Airport in Bellary to be upgraded

District to be made a steel-manufacturing hub



BELLARY: Work on the bypass, a long-pending demand of the people of Bellary, will commence soon, G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism and Infrastructure Development, has said.

Mr. Reddy, who is also the district in-charge Minister, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the spade work for the bypass, including the survey, alignment and identification of land, was prepared by Deputy Commissioner Arvind Srivastav, and was ready. The issue before the Government now was whether the project should be entrusted to the National Highways Authority of India or be undertaken by the State Government. “Now that all the preliminary work is done, the State Government should start construction soon. I will request the Chief Minister to allocate the required funds so that the necessary land can be acquired,” he said.

Road repair

Mr. Reddy said that apart from taking steps to start work on the bypass, he had accorded priority to repairing the existing roads in the city, construction of over/under bridges for the two railway level-crossings and development of the airport here.

He said that keeping in view the promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party in its election manifesto, efforts would be made to make the district a steel-manufacturing hub. To facilitate greater entrepreneur accessibility, the existing airport in the city would be upgraded by providing comprehensive infrastructure, he added.

With regard to promised water supply to industries likely to be established here, Mr. Reddy said he would take a serious view of the matter and consult irrigation experts on the issue of construction of barrages and balancing of reservoirs downstream of the Tungabhadra dam.

‘No shortage’

Mr. Reddy, who reviewed the availability of fertilizers and seeds, said there was no shortage in the district and there was no need for farmers to panic as far as their supply was concerned. He said that as against a demand of 9,440 tonnes of DAP up to the month of June, the district had already received 5,620 tonnes. As a result of the follow-up done by officials, the district would get more than its requirement, he said and added that agricultural operations had begun in rain-fed areas but was yet to start in the irrigated belts spread over Hospet, Bellary and Sirguppa taluks.

Information display

When his attention was drawn to reports of fertilizer being sold at higher prices, he said he had instructed officials to look into the matter besides asking them to insist on dealers displaying the availability of stocks as well as the rates, outside their shops.