We are planning to build satellite towns across state: Minister V Somanna

Compensation amount has been released for people who lost their homes in rains last year, says Somanna

Mysuru, November 13:- Housing Minister V Somanna on Friday (November 13) said the money has been released for those people who lost their homes in the rains during last year.

Talking to reporters at the Government Guest House at Nazarbad here, he said, “The 496 acre of land that was supposed to be allotted was in a total mess. As a result, the sites could not be distributed. Many aggrieved families had met me and expressed dissatisfaction. It was also discussed to compensate people who had to forego their land. I should thank Janata Dal (Secular) MLA G T Devegowda for his cooperation.”

The minister added, “Around 65,000 houses bore the brunt of rain last year. We have released Rs 1,710 crore. In the first instalment, we have released Rs 1 lakh to each of the families. Only 7,000 families have received the second instalment. There is no dearth of funds, but some families are not ready to move to other places. There are also plans to build satellite towns across the state.”

Speaking on rebel party MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal, Somanna said, “I agree there are some differences but we will correct them. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is our leader and there is no doubt about it. But I have not gone to Yatnal’s house to pacify him. Yatnal is one of our senior leaders and things are fine with the state BJP.”

Minister condoles Belagere’s death

Condoling the death of senior journalist Ravi Belagere, Somanna said, “People used to wait for his weekly ‘Hai Bangalore.’ He was known for his writing over the years. We could make out from his writings that ‘pen is mightier than a sword.’ I have lost a good friend in him.” (MR/KS)


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