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Irrigation works: K'taka submits comprehensive report to Centre

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Bellary, Feb 26 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today informed today that his government had submitted a comprehensive report to the Centre on taking up repairs and modernisation of irrigation canals in the state at a cost of Rs 3000 crore. Talking to reporters at Hospet, he said that to take up these works, the state government was planning to approach the World Bank for a loan and the Centre had assured to recommend the case.

He said the state was contemplating imposition of road cess on mining business to use the income for the development of good infrastructure in the rural region. Ore excavation was active in some parts of the state, particularly Bellary, and there were plans to use part of the revenue to develop infrastructure in the district, he added.

Informing that irregularities in mining activities in the district were brought to his notice, Mr Kumaraswamy assured that it would be contained.

When his attention was drawn to illegal activities at the World Heritage Site, Hampi, he said he had already directed the district administration of Bellary and Koppal to take action against the guilty.

UNI XR RG TS1710

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