Mangaluru, July 20, 2016: Addressing media Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader on July 19, Tuesday said 30 pure drinking water plants will be set up in different parts of DK. Minister Khader said, by setting up these units it is intended to provide pure water for an affordable rate of 50 paisa per litre. A household will get 20 litres of water can daily for Rs 10.
Khader said 22 units with reverse osmosis (RO) facility will be set up by KREDL, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited under public-private-partnership (PPP) model, while five will be installed by Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department and remaining three by KRIDL, Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited. The places identified include Banwtal (16 units) and Mangaluru (14 units).The smaller units may cost Rs 7.5 lakh and bigger Rs 10 lakh, he added.
Besides, it has been also been proposed to set up such water units for a population of every 1,000 people. The authorities concerned have been directed to identify such places and prepare a proposal in this regard. Minister Khader said the units will be set up close to existing borewells that would be linked to the same, without affecting the system in place. To ensure various facilities at beaches, an amount of Rs 8.72 crore has been sanctioned, pending administrative approval.
An estimated Rs 3.32 crore will be spent on Someshwara beach, followed by Rs 1.89 crore on Ullal beach and Rs 3.51 crore on Talappady beach. The amount will be spent on developing landscapes, walking paths, watch towers, life guards, dust bins, rescue boats and also improvement of approach roads. The works will be taken up following administrative approval.
Road Improvement : The stretch of road from Mudipu to Deraje will be widened up to one-and-a-half metres on either side at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore under State highway development project. Additional amount has been sanctioned to take up bridge works at Kotekar, the border of Ullal.
Food and civil supplies dept to work on increasing commissions to ration shops
Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader on July 19, Tuesday at Mangaluru, told media that it has been proposed to provide additional cylinder free for BPL consumers having single LPG cylinder taking the total to 24 cylinders per annum (12 cylinders on subsidised rate and equal number of extras for free). While in the case of rural consumers, they can either opt for additional cylinder or two solar lights, for free. To enable those living in Malnad regions, who are largely dependent on kerosene, especially during rainy season, it will be sold in open market.
In another rational move to check irregularities in public distribution system, it has been decided to revise the commission for fair price shops from existing Rs 36 to Rs 100 per quintal of food grains. It includes Rs 70 commission amount from per quintal sales of food grains, followed by Rs 20 from the sales of two gunny bags and Rs 10 from the State government totalling Rs 100.
Reacting to media queries, Khader said, the afore mentioned proposals will be placed before the next Cabinet meeting for approval. On the recent incident in Yadgir, where deputy director of the department was kidnapped and released later when he went to inspect a godown, the minister said he has visited the spot and four persons have been arrested by police in this regard. The minister said 435 quintals of rice, 35 quintals of sugar, 180 quintals of wheat and 385 litres of oil were found missing