KARNATAKA

Shivakumar rejects Deve Gowda's charges

Bangalore Dec. 24. The Urban Development Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, today accused the Janata Dal (S) President, H.D. Deve Gowda, of not taking any action to get back the 550 acres of government land that had been alleged encroached upon by a resort owner near Ramanagaram. Replying to the allegations made by Mr. Gowda recently on the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor, Mr. Shivakumar said it was during Mr. Gowda's tenure (as Chief Minister) that the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board built a road at a cost of Rs. 90 lakh to the resort.

Refuting allegations that the State Government had amended the agreements pertaining to the corridor, Mr. Shivakumar clarified that the S.M. Krishna Government was only carrying out what had been agreed to by the Gowda and J.H. Patel regimes. It was they who had signed the agreements, he said.

On the charge that the company, which was entrusted with the project, had mortgaged the 64-acre forest land acquired for the purpose with financial institutions, the Minister said it was natural for the company to do so when the Government had leased the land to it.

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