Friday, June 22, 2007

Ramgarh of Sholay to become district - Ramnagaram

This is going to be huge as this area will get exclusive funds for development. With the CM's blessings I'm predicting Ramnagaram and Bidadi to be the next Whitefield.

Times of India reports

Bangalore: Gabbar Singh’s Ramgarh will now become a district. Ramanagaram, where Sholay was shot, will make its debut as a district on Independence Day.
Along with Ramanagaram, Chikballapur in Kolar district will be carved out as a district on August 15, with the cabinet clearing both the proposals on Thursday. With this, the number of districts in the state will go up to 29.
Though chief minister H D Kumaraswamy announced that Ramanagaram would be inaugurated on the “auspicious day’’ of June 28, the procedure for district formation is not going to be complete by then.
Home minister M P Prakash told reporters after the cabinet meeting: “The decision has to be notified in the gazette. The public will be given 30 days to file objections. Other procedures might take about three-four months, but we hope to have both the districts inaugurated on August 15.’’
The reason cited for new districts: “Administrative convenience.’’ Prakash admitted that administrative expenditure will increase but insisted that it was necessary.
Prakash said the revenue department had written to the Justice Kuldip Singh Delimitation Commission seeking permission to carve out the districts. “The commission has said it will shortly notify the constituencies, so we have decided to go ahead.’’
The naming of new districts after historical personalities — Kempe Gowda for Ramanagaram and M Visvesvaraya for Chikballapur has been dropped. Prakash said: “The district reorganisation committee headed by V Balasubramanian has said the names of historical figures should not be given to districts. They have cited the examples of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh and said the naming issue has caused agitation.’’
The government has also dropped move to split the burgeoning Gulbarga and Belgaum districts, a long-standing demand that was not addressed even when seven new districts were carved out by the Patel government in 1997. The people of Gulbarga were split over whether the new district should be Yadgir or Bheemarayanagudi in Shahpur, while local representatives in Belgaum were against the carving out of Chikkodi as it would become Marathi-dominant, increasing the border problem with Maharashtra.
Prakash said Rs 72.58 crore had been earmarked for infrastructure for Ramanagaram and Chikballapur districts. New & Old
Will be carved out of Kolar district
Will comprise:
Gowribidanur, Gudibanda, Bagepalli, Chintamani, Sidlaghatta and Chikballapur taluks
Kolar with 1,792 villages will comprise Srinivasapura, Mulbagal, Malur, Bangarpet and Kolar taluks
Will be carved out of Bangalore Rural Will comprise: Present taluks of Ramanagaram, Chennapatna, Magadi and Kanakapura (including assembly segment of Sathnur) Bangalore Rural will have remaining taluks of Nelamangala, Devanahalli (including assembly segment Doddaballapur), Hoskote (including assembly segment Varthur) and Anekal 7 in ’90s
Chamarajanagar, Davanagere, Koppal, Gadag, Bagalkot, Haveri and Udupi. Bangalore: Here is a new coalition hitch: The state’s decision to carve new districts out of Bangalore Rural and Kolar was taken without even consulting the minister concerned — revenue minister Jagadish Shettar of the BJP!
At Thursday’s cabinet meeting, a fuming Shettar demanded to know how the move had been made without even consulting him. “I have not even seen the file. The V Balasubramanian Committee report has not even been submitted. How can this decision be taken?’’ he is said to have asked.
Sources said Shettar had not opposed the decision to carve out the districts, but was very unhappy at being bypassed. “He also raised the issue of 30 new taluks that are demanding to be carved and the conversion of about 500 Lambani tandas into revenue villages. He said officials had stalled this, citing the stay by the Delimitation Commission.

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