Hubli, Jan 13: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karajola on Tuesday said the state has so far suffered a loss of more than Rs 60,000 crore due to heavy floods.
The state further suffered losses by not reaching the target in collecting Taxes due to the fracturing of financial activities because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, noted Mr Karajola, who is also the State Minister for Public Works department.
He said as a result, progress in developmental works could not be achieved as expected. However, the financial activities were slowly picking up and works would now be taken up gradually.
Speaking to newspersons in Gadag, Mr. Karajola said that Rs 100 crore will be granted for the development of State Highways in four Assembly Constituencies of Gadag District, while converting a distance of 360 km of District Roads into State Highways.
Mr Karajola said that due to shortage of Engineers, the works on the developmental Projects are not progressing with the anticipated speed. Therefore, Trainee Engineers will be appointed as a stop gap Arrangements to maintain the tempo of the works.
He also said that works were in progress in different parts in the district under the Rs 367.50 crores Project, including building of Roads, Flood control-related works, buildings and dam, apart from 72 km of roads in the district.
In addition, a total of 60.47 km of roads are being laid in different parts at an estimated cost of Rs 183.88 crore secured under the HSDP and CRF schemes, he added.
District In-charge and State Minister for Mines CC Patil and Legislative Council Member, SV Sankanur were present.
Referring to the rumours about Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's leadership, Mr Karajola said Mr Yediyurappa was doing a great job as Chief Minister and there was no question of him being changed.