Mangaluru, Oct 3, 2016: Replying to a query from media, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said the development work would be taken up in five phases and the work under the first phase has been completed. He said that under phase I of the project, buildings of two government health centres have been repaired.
Syndicate Bank has opened its branch. In addition, a cooperative society had opened its branch at Balpa, he added. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said about 40% of the work under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana at Balpa in Sullia taluk is complete. He said 35 solar street lights have been installed. New age learning aid has been introduced in six government schools and the children are taught English and Computer from class 1. Beedigudde Road, which leads to the village, has been developed at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore. Under phase 2, about 60% of the work has been completed, he noted.
MP Kateel said the construction work of five anganwadi buildings has been been taken up. The work on gram panchayat building has been started at a cost of Rs 60 lakh. The work on five bus shelters with toilet facility has been taken up. Each bus shelter would have a shop which would be rented out for free for 11 months. The shop keepers would have to maintain the toilets. If the shop keeper fails to maintain cleanliness, the agreement would be terminated and shop would be handed over to others who is interested to run the business, he added.
Foundation stone has been laid for the construction of a meditation centre. The work on removing silt at Bogayanakere will be taken up after the monsoon season. In addition, a park would be developed in the land beside the water body by the Horticulture Department, he stated.
Stating that measures have been initiated to make Balpa free from smoke, he said LPG connections have been given to all the households. The interested villagers have undergone training in computer, apiculture and tailoring for self-employment. Plans are being prepare introduce dairy farming economy at Balpa. Besides, milk and milk produce, the villagers would produce biogas for cooking as well as producing electricity for the village, thereby striving to make the village self-reliant, he explained. He said eight thatched houses in the village would be rebuilt as modern houses in the next phase of work.