MYSURU: In his 8th budget presented on Monday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa announced a bonanza for his home district Shivamogga.
Two major infrastructure projects of the region i.e. Shivamogga and Hassan airports, got a budget boost. In his budget speech, CM announced Rs.384 crore for Shivamogga airport project and Rs 175 crore for Hassan airport project, which is pending for more than ten years. These two projects are expected to give a fillip to the tourism and economic activities in the region. However, there is no word about the expansion of the Mysuru airport.
Other major announcements made by the CM for his home district includes upgradation of the Ayurvedic College, Shivamogga as an Ayush University, a new research institute at a cost of Rs 2 crore in Veterinary College, Shivamogga to encourage the incorporation of ayurvedic medicines in veterinary science, regional cancer treatment centres on the model of Kidwai Institute in Shivamogga and Mysuru with a total outlay of Rs.100 crores, well furnished temporary residential facilities in Mysuru, Shivamogga, Hassan and Shivamogga, intelligent traffic management system and safety solutions at a cost of Rs.18 crore from the Road Safety Fund, on Shivamogga-Savalanga-Shikaripura- Shiralakoppa and Hassan- Ramanathapura- Periyapatna roads on a pilot basis.
CM also announced a slew of projects for Mysuru. These projects include a half yearly marketing fair of one week, emergency treatment department at Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI), opening of the trauma care center at the MMC &RI, bringing the peri-urban areas under the jurisdiction of Mysuru Urban Development Authority under the jurisdiction of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board, to develop and manage the water supply and sewerage network systematically, an integrated theme park on the downstream of Kabini reservoir by Cauvery Niravari Nigama at an expenditure of Rs.50 crore with Public – Private Partnership, and Vehicle Inspection and Certification Centre.
CM also announced Rs.1 crores for the theatrical performances of novelist SLBhyrappa’s ‘Parva’. This will be performed across the state. Earlier Mysuru Rangayana director Rangayana director Addanda Cariappa had sought Rs.50 lakhs for the works related to this.