BANGALORE: PWD Minister C M Udasi, on Tuesday, told the Council that the state government has sent a proposal to the Centre to upgrade 21 state highways to national highways. “I will meet the Union ministers after February 20 to get their approval,” he said.
Bangalore-Mysore and Mysore-Nanjangud are two of the 21 state highways that are proposed to be upgraded to national highways. Refuting the Opposition’s charge that the condition of the roads was pathetic, Udasi claimed the road network had undergone improvement in the last three years.
“Improving the quality of the roads is an ongoing process and the pace needs to be quickened,” he added. Earlier, Sudarshan said it was not sufficient to send proposals. It must persuade the Centre to sanction projects.
Proposal Ready to Raise Level Farm-Loans
Bangalore: Cooperation Minister Lakshman Savadi on Tuesday told the Legislative Council that there is a proposal to raise the ceiling on long-term farm loans from the present Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. “I have requested CM D V Sadananda Gowda to approve the proposal of the Cooperation Department which is farmer-friendly,” he said. The minister dropped hints that a reply to the proposal might figure positively in the budget to be presented by the CM in March.