Mysore

Mekedatu  project will ease pressure on Bengaluru, says Siddaramaiah

“A meeting will be organised between the chief ministers of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to discuss the Mahadayi row on October 21 in Mumbai. We will discuss the border dispute with Maharashtra also on the occasion,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

He was addressing the media at Mandakalli airport, Mysuru. He is in the city to lay foundation stone for various developmental activities in Varuna constituency and T Narsipura.

“Mekedatu reservoir will be constructed. An estimation of Rs 5,700 crore has been made for the project. Detailed Project Report (DPR) is under way as budget is allocated for the DPR. Water in the reservoir will be supplied to Bengaluru and Ramanagar. Electricity will also be produced in the reservoir, which will ease the shortage of electricity in the state,” he added.

“The Central Water Commission will visit KRS dam and inspect the water level in the reservoir on Friday. Already 51 hectares of the agricultural land have dried up. Details about the dried land will be briefed to the central committee. Around areas of Mysuru have been affected by drought. Last year, 126 areas were drought-hit. The details of the drought will be provided to the central government. The state government will seek financial support by the central government,” he added.

Chief Minister also requested the banks not to force the farmers to repay the money immediately. “They are in a sorry state due to lack of rain and they need some time to repay the loan amount.”

Chief Minister was welcomed by his close aide Marigowda.

Thank you Varuna

Due to the wok pressure, I was unable to visit my constituency Varuna on a regular basis. Today the government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 1.92 crore for various developmental works. I am in close contact with the constituency since 1977,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Varuna

He was speakinbg after inaugurating various development activities in his constituency.

“Rs 1 crore will be spent for the construction of roads. Rs 20 lakh will be spent for the community development. A maternity hospital and a junior college will be constructed. College will be ready by May,” he added.

“You have been blessing me continuously since 1977. My son Rakesh was looking after the constituency as I was busy. After his demise, my elder son Dr Yathindra  is looking after the works. Bless him the way you blessed me,” said Siddaramaiah.

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