From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Sep 26: While the State Sugar Directorate will start working in Belagavi from October 3 many other State Government Offices will be shifted to the border district by December, when the winter session of the State Legislature will also be held in Belagavi, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters in Belagavi on Sunday during this visit, the Chief Minister said the process of releasing compensation to the 44,205 houses which were damaged during the heavy rains and floods in 2019-20 has already started in accordance with the promise made by his predecessor B S Yediyurappa.
A total of Rs 1864 crore has been released as compensation for A, B And C Category of houses and another Rs 263 crore towards crop losses to 1.56 lakh farmers so far, Bommai said pointing out that some of the problems in releasing the compensation will be resolved soon.
On the payment of arrears to the sugar cane growers, the Chief Minister said the subject has been discussed with the managements of the sugar factories and steps will be taken to ensure that the arrears were paid at the earliest.
Ravindra Kaushik e-library inaugurated
The Chief Minister later inaugurated the Deshpremi Ravindra Kaushik e-library in the Shahapur Layout in the Shivaji Park of Belagavi and said if the e-library functions properly and becomes popular similar e-libraries will be established in all the City Municipal Corporations in the State.
The digital library has been established by the Belagavi city municipal corporation at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.
The Chief Minister said the State Government was committed to ensure the comprehensive development of Belagavi city and district and said the Belagavi city should be number 1 smart city from its present second rank.
Bommai complimented legislators Abhay Patil and Anil Benake for their work and lauded the work of KLE Society Chief Prabhakar Kore, who has worked to ensure an educational revolution in the entire district through his educational institutions.
Ministers Govind M Karjol, Umesh V Katti, B A Basavaaj, Government Chief Whip in the Assembly Mahantesh Kavatagrimath, former Deputy Chief Minister Lakshman Savadi, Legislators Abhay Patil, Dhuryodhan Aihole, Anand Mamani, Anil Benake and others were present.
The Chief Minister also felicitated 35 newly elected BJP corporators in the presence of State BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Suresh Angadi’s name for Bengaluru-Belagavi train
Participating in the first death anniversary of senior BJP leader Suresh Angadi and unveiling his bronze statue in the city, the Chief Minister said the State Government will write to the Union Railway Minister to name the Bengaluru-Belagavi express train after the former Union Minister.
Bommai promised to extend full support from the State Government for taking up the Dharwad-Belagavi direct rail line work.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Mahatma Phule Park and other projects in the city.
He presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the family members of the Vijaya Karntaka reporter Yellappa on his death.