|Udipi; August 15: Vinaya Kumar Sorake, minister for urban development and district in charge hoisted the national flag in the district level ceremony organized in Ajjarakadu Mahatma Gandhi district stadium and received guard of honor. A March past comprising of 20 teams including the students from different school, colleges, Sevadal and police department staff and colorful cultural dances were the highlights of the occasion.|
Addressing the gathering he said in his address that “unity, integrity and fraternity are the hallmark of our culture and have people of all religions living in harmony. This is an occasion to commemorate the sacrifices of our great leaders, he said
He also highlighted the string of development and welfare programmes undertaken by the congress government such as Anna Bhagya scheme, wherein rice is being distributed at Re 1 and adding that in Udipi there are 18,466 Antyodaya card holders and 94,845 BPL card holders and the process of transferring of APL to BPL among deserving families in in progress.
“Under Ksheera Bhagya scheme, 33,816 children between the ages of 6 months to 3 years, 18,901 children between 3-6 years have been given milk three days a week at a cost of Rs 6 crore,” he added.
He also said that Udupi will soon be declared a heritage city and work in this regard is going on. Roads of seven tourism places will be developed at a cost of Rs 700 lac, Sorake said. The Naxal affected areas will be granted Rs 7 crore for development.
“The third phase of Malpe port development is going on, and Rs 37.15 crore will be released for this project,” he said. Also, to tackle sea erosion, Rs 2.75 crore will be allotted to construct a permanent wall.
In another significant announcement, he said that the Brahmavar sugar factory will be converted into horticulture university.
On the national highway widening work, he said an interlink project connecting Manipal – Hiriadka – Karkala – Dharmasthala – Gundya is in progress, and so also Hiriadka – Shirva road connecting Bajpe airport.
The Congress government has also started the work on legalizing government land encroached by the poor, by which 12,000 poor people are expected to benefit, he said, adding that the housing schemes will benefit 4,288 people.
A sum of Rs 42.50 crore has been allotted for drinking water scheme in rural development programme, and 2,367 houses will avail this facility, he said. Also, Rs 1013 lac has been allotted to develop rural roads.
Koti-Chennayya theme park will be developed at a cost of Rs 5 crore, he said.
Brahmavar ASI Sheena Poojary was felicitated on the occasion with presidential award.
MLA Pramod Madhwaraj, M T Reju, DC and SP Boralingayya and among others were present on the occasion.