Bengaluru, Nov 18: Vijayanagara, which will be carved out of Ballari district, is set to be Karnataka's 31st district after Cabinet nod on Wednesday.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa had last year announced he will soon place a proposal before the cabinet for approval of carving out Vijayanagara district, which is named after the capital of historic Vijayanagara Empire.
The CM had further said that Hospete, Kampli, Hagaribommanahalli, Kottur, Hadagali and Harapanahalli will form the new district of Vijayanagara with Hospete as the district headquarters. Ballari, Kurugodu, Siraguppa, Sandur and Kudligi taluks will continue to be part of Ballari district, with Ballari city as headquarters.
Yediyurappa, in a note to the media, had in 2019 said Ballari has become difficult to administer since it has 11 taluks and 11 revenue sub-divisions. In most cases, farmers, daily wage labourers and poor people have to travel long distances to reach the district headquarters in Ballari city. "As a result, it is considered to ease trouble by carving out a separate district for efficient administration," the note read.