‘Suvarna Soudha’ to be ready by Sept: Katti

Belgaum: Karnataka Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti today said the state legislature house, "Suvarna Soudha", in the city will be ready by September this year.

The BJP-ruled government has been desperate to hold the inaugural session at "Suvarna Soudha" and announced the schedule for the session at least thrice in the last six months, but later backed off.

"About 75 per cent of construction work of "Suvarna Soudha" is complete and balance work is expected to get completed by September this year," he said on the occasion of the 65th Independence Day celebrations here.

The project, coming up at Halagabastavadi, is about 15 km from Belgaum on Bangalore-Pune Highway.

Highlighting the schemes and achievements of BJP Government under former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Katti said the agriculture department deposited Rs 114.77 crore in 2,80,077 farmers' accounts under Suvarna Bhoomi scheme.

Later speaking to reporters, Katti said as many as 40 talukas of Chitradurga, Belgaum, Dharwad and Bangalore Rural would be declared drought-affected areas in case rains play truant there.

Katti said there was no race between him, Laxman Savadi and Bhalchandra Jharkiholi for Belgaum district in-charge minister's seat.