KARNATAKA

Yeddyurappa makes surprise visit to Ganga Nagar slum

Taking stock: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inspecting the storm-water drain constructed in Gulbarga on Thursday.

Taking stock: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inspecting the storm-water drain constructed in Gulbarga on Thursday.  

Residents urge the Chief Minister to provide them basic amenities

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa made a surprise visit to thickly populated Ganga Nagar slum and housing colonies on the outskirts of Gulbarga on Thursday.

The Chief Minister, Minister for IT and BT Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh R. Nirani and others were scheduled to visit some places to inspect the progress of the works taken up by the Gulbarga City Corporation under the Chief Minister's Special Package. The Chief Minister surprised the officials by stopping his vehicle to inspect the progress of the work on the Ring Road near Karuneshwar Nagar on the outskirts of Gulbarga.

On seeing the Chief Minister alight from the van at Karuneshwar Nagar, women from the locality approached him and spoke to him about lack of infrastructure in the locality. They urged him to direct the authorities concerned to provide the locality with approach roads, streetlights and sewerage. “Our locality becomes an island during the rainy season, and the black cotton soil makes it literally impossible for any vehicle to enter the locality. Please provide us with internal roads and streetlights”, said Lakshmamma, a resident of Karuneshwar Nagar.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would direct the authorities concerned to take up civic works in the locality using the funds allocated under the Chief Minister's Special Package in the current fiscal. Construction of approach roads would be taken up on a priority basis and infrastructure would be improved in localities on the outskirts of Gulbarga.

Mr. Yeddyurappa directed Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal to submit proposals for works to be taken up under the Rs. 100 crore Chief Minister's Special Package this fiscal. Mr. Yeddyurappa said he will urge the National Highways Authority to take up maintenance of a particular stretch of the Ring Road, which has been handed over to them.

The Chief Minister later visited Ganga Nagar where the Government has taken up different development works, including the construction of storm water drains and houses. He directed officials concerned to speed up work on the drain.

The district administration and Commissioner Manoj Jain made a power point presentation on the condition of roads and sewerage, and sought additional allocation of funds for taking up development works.

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