Monday, August 18, 2008

No proposal for Alamatti water to Bangalore

‘No proposal for Alamatti water to Bangalore’ -
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa clarified on Sunday that there was no proposal before the State Government to utilise Alamatti water for drinking purposes in Bangalore.

Yeddyurappa said that every drop of water in Alamatti dam would be utilised for irrigation in North Karnataka.

Speaking to reporters at Alamatti after offering bagina to river Krishna on Sunday, the Chief Minister assured the farmers of Bijapur and Bagalkot districts of implementing all irrigation and minor irrigation tanks filling packages.

He said the flood waters should be harnessed to cater to agricultural needs in the region. He said that a meeting of irrigation experts would be called to prepare a plan for harnessing flood waters.

Stating that Maharahstra had not informed Karnataka in advance about the release of water from dams, he said he would speak to his Mahrashtra counterpart.

The Chief Minister said that the Government plans to introduce a number of reforms to improve the functioning of the administration.

"The Government wants to publish a report every 100 days to create awareness on how many budgetary proposals were implemented," he said.

Expressing concern over deficit rainfall, the Chief Minister said the government would declare the district drought-hit if the monsoon failed. He said that State government was providing financial assistance for farmers to buy seeds and fertilisers.

Yeddyurappa said that he had instructed the officials to hold regular meetings at the hobli level to understand the problems in surrounding villages. Strict transparency should be maintained, Yeddyurappa added

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