BSY concerned about migration of rural population to cities

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Bangalore, Jul 7 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said there is a need for economic development of rural and semi-urban areas with a new action plan with promotion of decentralised economic activities to stop further migration of population to cities in the State.

Mr Yeddyurappa addressing a meeting of Mayors and Commissioners of City Corporations and other Urban Bodies here said there was an immediate need to stop the migration of the people to cities, as the State was witnessing fast growth of urbanisation in comparision to other States in the country.

He said most of the cities in the State were already faced with several problems like water supply, housing, drainage systems and it would be difficult to cope with additional problems arising out of the migration of fresh populations to the cities.

The Chief Minister said the Government had already convened meetings in Hubli, Gulbarga and the city in connection with development of infrastructure facilities and will conduct more such meetings after the budget session for formulation of an action plan to be implemented in the coming years.

He said the Government planned to develop both Mysore and Hubli as solar powered cities to meet their power needs.

Urban Development Minister Sureshkumar said Mysore would soon open a 'Public Grievances Centre' for listening to their woes through SMS service.

The meeting was conducted to collect Data on the Urban Bodies and the problems they were facing for the last several years to find an amicable solution on the issue.

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