Udupi, April 15, 2015 : Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake staed C M Siddaramaiah will inaugurate work on Varahi irrigation project at Siddapura on April 20. The project proposal initiated March 27, 1979 was in limbo for more than three decades for various reasons.
The work on 49-km long right and left bank canals have been completed. A few small pending works will be completed before the inauguration, he added. Irrigation Minister M B Patil, Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad, Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai and others will be present.
Further, he said interest free loan for fisherwomen has been hiked to Rs 1 lakh. The repayment period has been increased to 24 installment instead of 12 installments. The fisherwomen will felicitate chief minister at Shankaranarayana.
Minister Sorake said 30 acre of land had been allotted for Advanced Science Research Centre (ASRC) of Mangalore University at Belapu in Udupi district. Also, CM will lay foundation stone for the same.
A proposal of Rs 123 crore has been sent to the Centre. The State government has given administrative approval for the release of Rs 15 crore. An industrial yard for small industries will be developed on 68 acre land adjacent to the land given for Advanced Science Research Centre in Belapu. He added Mangalore University may request for additional land available.
Sugar factory : Sorake said a feasibility study will be done to decide on the revival of Brahmavar Sugar Factory in the district. It is not possible to take a decision on revival without a proper study, before any decision is taken expert views considered.
He went on to say that former elected representatives were responsible for the problems created by Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL). He indicated he had asked Energy Minister D K Shivakumar to issue a directive to the UPCL not to discharge effluents. A multi-village drinking water scheme to cater to the needs of 10 villages in and around UPCL at an estimated cost of Rs 58 crore will be put in place too.