Udupi CMC likely to be included in capacity building scheme

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sorakeManipal, Aug 12, 2013: Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake has said that the file pertaining to Udupi CMC’s inclusion in the new project of capacity building has been cleared and the proposal has been sent to the Central government.

Speaking to mediapersons after chairing the KDP meeting here at Zilla Panchayat office, the minister said the project offers around Rs 1 crore each for four years.

This fund will be utilised to train the officials in the municipal administration in the process of executing the development programmes. He said Udupi, Mangalore, Kundapur and Puttur are included in the second phase of Kudcemp project, which is initiated at the cost of Rs 450 crore. A proposal has been sent to the government for the consent to initiate work in the district over Agumbe Ghat stretch. Besides, a proposal is also sent to convert the stretch into a national highway, which will enhance the connectivity between Chikmagalur, Udupi and Mangalore airport, he added.

The minister said that a proposal has also been sent to link the three national highways that connect Udupi-Manipal-Hiriyadka-Karkala-Guruvayankere-Dhrmasthala-Gundya. He added that Detailed Project Report for Hiriyadka-Shirva-airport road is complete and funds are being mobilised.

The fisheries road is upgraded at a cost of Rs three crore. The potholes on the national highway is being repaired by the construction company that has been assigned the job of widening the national highway. He said the process to allot the houses to houseless is underway.

Crops damaged

Sorake said crops grown on 64.35 hectare agriculture land has been damaged following incessant rain in the district. A proposal demanding the ‘input subsidy’ is also sent to the government. The input subsidy is given to other districts other than costal districts. About 94,000 beneficiaries are benefited under Anna Bhagya yojane and around 1,003 schools under Ksheera Bhagya yojane.

CRZ norms

The minister said that a proposal has been sent to the government to relax the CRZ norms and include the areas notified under CRZ first zone to CRZ second and third zone. He said there are nearly 50.80 per cent BPL card holders in the district. The government has offered a provision for the conversion of APL cards to BPL if the families are mistakenly included in the APL list.

A proposal has been sent to the government for the allocation of 2.76 acre of land to build new KSRTC bus shelter.

Sorake promised that measures have been taken to initiate permanent drinking water schemes in the district. Water from Varahi river will be used to supply water to Kundapur taluk. The project will be introduced at the earliest. The problems affecting deemed forest will be solved shortly, he added.

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