Kundapur, Apr 19, 2015 : Speaking at the inaugural adopting Shiroor village by Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana here, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H.K. Patil, on April 18 Saturday said that the State government hopes to install a desalination plant to convert salt water into potable water soon at Shiroor.
Desalination plant would be set up on an experimental basis, similar plants could be used in other areas. Many countries were using desalination plants and converting salt water for potable purposes. Also, several development works, like bridge, roads, sea wall and drinking water projects, were inaugurated on the occasion. The government was giving priority to providing pure water to villages.
In the first budget introduced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, 1,000 villages were included. During the second budget, it was extended to 2,000 villages and in the third budget to 4,000 villages, Minister Patil said.
T.B. Jayachandra, Law and Animal Husbandry Minister, said that the government would sanction a veterinary hospital here. It would also start a veterinary college at Koila in Dakshina Kannada, he said.
U.T. Khader, Health and Family Welfare Minister, said that a 10-bed maternity hospital would be set up at Shiroor. The hospital at Byndoor would be upgraded too, he said.
B. Ramanath Rai, Environment and Forests Minister, said that the Department of Forests was thinking of handing over 1.4 lakh hectares of forest land to the Revenue Department. Survey work for identifying forest land in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district was on.
The State government had urged the Centre to give the same relaxation in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms as had been done in Goa and Kerala. The government would construct vented dams against West-flowing rivers under the Paschimavahini Project, he said.