Friday, August 3, 2007

Belgaumites getting united

Move to split nigam dropped

Staff Correspondent of Hindu 3 Aug 2007

Belgaum: Yielding to the pressure from Kannada organisations and legislators from Belgaum district and other constituencies in north Karnataka, the Government has dropped the move to bifurcate Karnataka Neeravari Nigam (North) Belgaum and shift the office of Chief Engineer to Dharwad.

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday asked Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa not to bifurcate the nigam for Malaprabha and Ghataprabha command areas. Belgaum District Kannada Organisations Action Committee on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office in protest against the move.

On Thursday, legislators from the district cutting across party lines made a common cause in meeting Mr. Yediyurappa.

The delegation was led by Minister for Horticulture Shashikant A. Naik. Legislators Laxman Saudi (Athani), Mahadevappa Yadwad (Ramdurg), Abhay Patil (Bagewadi), Dattu Hakyagol (Chikodi), Raju Kage (Kagwad), Suresh Marihal (Kittur), M.K. Pattanshetty (Badami), Siddu Saudi (Jamkhandi), Huleppa Meti (Guledgud), Prakash B. Hukkeri (Sadalga), A.B. Patil (Sankeshwar), Jagdish Metgud (Bailhongal), Viswanath Mamne (Saundatti), Bhimappa Sarikar (Raibag), and V.A. Patil, MLC, were in the delegation.

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