K'taka contemplating to ban inter-state transport of rice

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Shimoga, July 2 (UNI) The Karnataka government is contemplating to ban inter-state transport of rice and impose levy on transportation of the cereal within the state, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Haratal Halappa said today.

Speaking to reporters, he said that since the State itself facing scarcity of rice there is nothing wrong in banning transportation to neighbouring states though the issue of does not come under the state's purview as it was the policy of the Union Government.

Karnataka was supplying rice to Maharashtra and Gujarat.

He said that though rice was grown in large scale in Gangavati, Raichur, Bellary and Sindhanur in the State the yield has reduced in recent years.

With regard to the proposed Rs 200 crore Dandavati River Irrigation and Drinking Water Project at Sorab taluk in Shimoga district, Mr Halappa said that feasibility survey of the project has been assigned to an agency and government has asked the agency to give its report within 45 days. But it is very sad to note that there are opposition for the project from some corner with political motives, he alleged.

Minister said that he will talk to the agitating people within a couple of days after getting Detailed Project Survey (DPS) report.

He said that many of the localites are in favour or constructing small check dams instead of constructing big dams across the river for irrigation and drinking water purpose. Minister expressed his inclination towards construction of check dams instead of big dams which causes the submerge of large areas of the region.

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