Chitradurga (Karnataka) [India], June 4 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that his government has decided to approve proposal for extending crop insurance for pomegranate and other horticulture crops too.
The Chief Minister, in his address after launching a slew of development works including filling of irrigation lakes in Hiriyur from the Vedavati river lift irrigation project, said, the drinking water scheme for 171 villages of Chitradurga and 131 villages of Hiriyur has been approved. The tender process for filling Dharmapura and seven other irrigation lakes had been taken up at a cost of Rs 40 crore and another Rs 50 crore for supplementary works too have been approved. The tendering process for these works would be completed within a month, informed Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
Prime Minister Modi's ambitious project to supply tap drinking water to every home is in full swing in the State. About 25 lakh homes were connected last year and another 25 lakh homes would get the tap water this year, Bommai added.
Bommai said, "A government medical college has been approved to improve health facilities for people in this region. Work on the Tumkur-Chitradurga-Davangere railway line would be started soon. Industrial townships would be established in Belagavi, Davanagere, Chitradurga, and Dharwad."
Elaborating on the development and welfare programmes launched by his government, Bommai said, about 7,000 new classrooms are being built in government schools, 100 Primary Health Centres are being upgraded, and Rs 500 crore has been set aside for health care of senior citizens which includes free eye surgeries, distribution of cochlear hearing aids.
"The Upper Bhadra and Ettinahole projects would change the life of farmers in this region. Upper Bhadra has been declared as a National Project by the Union Government", he added. (ANI)