MANGALORE: In his first visit to the coastal city after the BJP’ lost the urban local body elections in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday announced a slew of development projects with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections.
Regarding his party’s poll debacle, Shettar said that the ULB results depend on the candidates and local issues. “It will not have any impact on BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections,” he added.
On power crisis in the state, Shettar said that the situation was worsened by poor rain in 2012. “Last year the state did not receive good rainfall and because of low storage of water in hydel reservoirs, there is a power crisis. Also the production of power has decreased in Raichur,” he said adding that the government will try to provide power without any glitches in April in view of examinations.
When asked about establishing Niddodi mega power project in Moodabidri taluk, Shettar, said, “The land has been identified for the project. After consulting with experts, we will take a decision.”
About the recently announced new taluks, he said. “Officials in the revenue department are preparing a report on villages and hoblis to be included under the jurisdiction of these new taluks. They will submit the report to the deputy commissioners. Once DCs send the report to the government, we will issue a notification.”