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Deve Gowda to make Haradanahalli a model village

The four-lane road under construction at Haradanahalli in Hassan district

The four-lane road under construction at Haradanahalli in Hassan district  

HASSAN, FEB. 7. Haradanahalli in Halekote hobli of Holenarsipur taluk in Hassan district, from where the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowa hails, is now on the path of progress.

The Public Works Department is building roads and the zilla panchayat is implementing a water supply scheme in the village. As many as 125 houses with all facilities are being constructed.

Haradanahalli is a village with vast stretches of paddy and ragi fields. The village has a population of 1,800 and 249 houses. Residents of the village are not facing problems related to basic amenities. A house with three rooms at the entrance to the village is the birthplace of Mr. Gowda, who has plans to develop Haradanahalli into a model village.

Though there were plans to develop Haradanahalli and Kyatanahalli as model villages by spending Rs. 7 crores in 1997, the scheme was not implemented.

Undeterred by that Mr. Gowda has decided to develop Haradanahalli into a model village, according to sources close to him

With the help of philanthropists, he is constructing 125 houses in the village. Foundations for 16 houses have been laid.

A model colony is coming up in the village, the sources said. The village has solar power and electricity for lighting and other purposes.

The "Swajaladhara'' scheme is being implemented in the village, according to sources in the zilla panchayat.

Sources in the Public Works Department said the work on a 17.2 km four-lane road from Bilikere-Tarikere State Highway to Doddakunche via Haradanahalli has begun.

The four-lane road will have box-type drains, and the Public Works Department will spend Rs. 1 crore on the project.

Though Mr. Gowda made efforts to implement the Kamasamudra Lift Irrigation Scheme for the benefit of the people of Kytanahalli and Haradanahalli and a few other villages, it did not take off.

Efforts are on to implement the scheme now, the sources said. Mr. Gowda is also working towards making Haradanahalli a liquor-free village.

There are plans to introduce a special dairy scheme and to promote horticulture in the village, they said.

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