N-K awaits its son’s ascendancy

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

09th July 2012 10:25 AM

 A tingling sense of anticipation awaits north Karnataka, which has been bereft of development, with Minister Jagadish Shettar set to be become the Chief Minister.

Blessed with a multitude of river systems, it has, unfortunately, become synonymous with drought — despite facing floods since 2007 — and migration to urban areas in search of jobs.

According to government sources, the number of villages facing drinking water shortage in the region is expected to double if it does not rain soon.

Thus, Shettar has a major challenge on his hands.

Hailing from a family of activist politicians, it is but natural for Shettar to face huge public expectations.

He was involved in movements for the Kalasa-Bhanduri project, shifting of the headquarters of South-Western Railway from Bangalore to Hubli and the Hubli-Ankola railway line.

Lack of good roads and proper transport, threat to agriculture lands by governmental agencies and desilting of water bodies are issues that require focus.

With NWKRTC and NEKRTC failing to meet the rural populace’s expectations, and railway connectivity a mirage, the clamour for separate statehood has only grown shriller in the region.

Access to medical facilities is another major problem, despite the launch of popular government services such as the 108 ambulance.

With Shettar being an advocate, he must be well aware of the D M Nanjundappa Report on Regional Imbalance — which has been neglected by governments in the past.

Even if he launches a few developmental works, he will be remembered by the people forever, said an RSS leader on conditions of anonymity

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