Bidar: The Government of India will soon approve the Bidar-Nanded Railway project and the State Government will provide land and its share of the project cost, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Speaking at the Jan Sankalp Yatra in Aurad on Tuesday October 18 he said that the filling up of 36 tanks in Aurad Taluk will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 698 Crore and it will benefit 40 villages. This scheme is being taken up following pressure from Union Minister Bhagwant Khuba and Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan at a cost of Rs. 700 Crore. The administrative approval will be given this month and the work will start next month. In Bhalki Assembly Constituency, a scheme to irrigate 24,000-acre land with one tmc ft of water at a cost of Rs. 762 Crore has been sanctioned. These two projects were pending for the last so many years, he said.
Bommai said Bidar is like a crown of Karnataka, blessed with salubrious weather, an industry-friendly atmosphere, fertile land and historic monuments. Rs. 20 Crore has been provided with each for Bidar and Kalaburagi Fort for their development. The Government wants tourism to start from Bidar because of which it is being given a lot of importance. A sum of Rs. 50 Crore has been provided in the State Budget for establishing the CIPET’s Centre of Excellence. Steps have been taken for the development of Basavakalyana and thus released Rs. 1400 Crore for this purpose. The amount has to be spent from March till January. In the 2022-23 State Budget, Rs. 3,000 Crore has been earmarked and approved. In the 2023-24 budget, the Government will provide Rs 5,000 Crore. The construction of Anubhava Mantapa was going on and Rs. 500 Crore has been earmarked for this project, he noted.