Vijayapura: Questions have arisen about whether the BJP government is trying to stop the grants for the construction of Horticulture College in Almel.
A decision hasn’t been taken yet by the government to lay the foundation stone for the college. The government’s delay in taking these decisions has created doubts about the intention of the government regarding this proposal.
The government’s decision to postpone the establishment of the college was confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Horticulture Sciences Bagalkot (UHSB), K. M. Indiresh. He also cleared up any confusion over the cancellation of the project itself and said that there was no official confirmation about cancelling the proposal to set up the college in Almel town.
The government decided to relocate the college to Almel in Sindgi constituency of JD(S) MLA, M. C. Managuli but it must be noted that the previous government had first announced to set up the college in Tidagundi village coming under Nagthan constituency.
Managuli, defended the decision stating that Almel has better infrastructure and facilities for the college than Tidagundi. Managuli succeeded in getting the college shifted to his constituency despite going against the demand of Nagthan MLA, Devanand Chavan.
Almel has been sanctioned 178 acres of land by the government for starting of the college.
Managuli stated that he is not aware of the current status of the project but has not received any information about cancellation.
“ I do not know the present status, however during my next visit to Bengaluru, I will talk to the officials concerned about it. If the government has taken any adverse decision, I will not allow the college to be shifted from Almel to anywhere else. I will start agitation against the decision”, he said.
The former BNP MLA of Sindgi, Ramesh Bhusnur, said that he too is not aware of the status of the college or whether the government has taken any decision to cancel it.
“ I think because of the financial crunch due to pandemic and lockdown, the government probably has decided to delay the establishment of the college. I hope the project will start at least next year when the financial situation improves”, he said.
if the decision to establish the Horticulture College is withdrawn, the local organizations have threatened to launch an agitation against the government.