KARNATAKA

Foundation stone laid for office complex

The Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna, after laying the foundation stone for the Mini Vidhana Soudha in Mysore on Saturday. The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, is seen.

The Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna, after laying the foundation stone for the Mini Vidhana Soudha in Mysore on Saturday. The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, is seen.  

MYSORE, AUG. 14. The foundation stone for the mini Vidhana Soudha to house taluk-level offices was laid here today by the Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna.

The building complex, estimated at Rs. 60 crores, will come up on the taluk office premises at Nazarbad. The 7,200-sq. ft two-storey structure will house the offices of the sub-registrar; taluk panchayat; taluk office; assistant director, land records; assistant director, Agriculture Department; and so on. Tenders have already been invited for the work, which is expected to be completed in 20 months.

Presiding over the function, the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, said, "It is not enough for us to build beautiful buildings. It is equally important that people with beautiful hearts should man the offices.''

Plea to staff

He said the staff in the Government offices should have concern for the common man's difficulties. He emphasised the importance of harmonious coordination between the officials and the public representatives for solving the problems of the people.

Mr. Siddaramaiah emphasised the need for beginning the work early and ensuring its completion on time. He cautioned the officials concerned against delaying the project, which would lead to cost escalation.

He resented the delay in the completion of the Varuna canal project, conceived to irrigate agricultural land in Mysore and Mandya district. The project, which was approved in 1978, was originally estimated at Rs. 18.5 crores. This had now escalated to Rs. 350 crores.

He said a major portion of the project would be completed by the end of this financial year.

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