CHIKBALLAPUR: The relief works initiated in drought-hit taluks across the state are satisfactory; however, more attention will be paid to it till the end of June, said Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
The CM visited a number of drought-hit villages in the taluk — Hanghatta, Banchahalli, Thonnahalli, Kadachengahalli and Manchibele — with officials and elected representatives on Monday.
He said the government was ready to spend more on food, water and fodder supply in such regions.
Efforts will be made to organise medical checkup camps to control outbreak of viral diseases to milch cows, oxen and sheep, he added.
The chief minister said tankers have been pressed into service to supply water in the arid zones.
‘`400 cr for Ethinahole Project’
The state government has released `400 crore to take up the Ethinahole Project to resolve the water crisis in Kolar and Chikballapur districts, said the CM.
“The project will be taken up from June, and will bring some respite to the region. It will be completed in a phased manner.”
Meanwhile, Gowda while interacting with the press here on Monday, said that the government will respond to a letter from his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa.
“The government will respond to the letter even it was from Leader of Opposition in Assembly or you (the media),” he said.
Responding to the allegations made by KPCC president G Parameshwar on the prevailing drought, the CM responded: “The Congress has lost its base in Karnataka, hence it is resorting to such tactics.”