Except for a government agriculture college, it seems Bidar has got most of its wishes fulfilled in the State budget.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s 11th budget will be remembered for a long time by the people of this backward district as the one that brought a government engineering college. Bidar was the only Assembly seat where the ruling Congress won in the recent bypolls. The Chief Minister has announced a “gift of gratitude” to them, is what political observers are saying.
A team of Congress leaders including N. Dharam Singh, former CM, MLAs Rahim Khan, Eshwar Khandre and Rajshekar Patil, MLC Vijay Singh and party leaders Khaji Arshed Ali and Aravind Arali, had met the Mr. Siddaramaiah with a list of demands recently.
The other game changing announcement is tourism promotion in this heritage city recognised by the World Monuments Fund and placed in the provisional list of UNESCO heritage sites. Bidar, along with some other cities, will be developed as a model tourist destination with an initial fund of Rs. 10 crore. The historical water supply systems Karez or Surang Bavi in Bidar and Vijayapura will be preserved, protected and developed as tourist attractions. A museum will come up at the cost of Rs .1 crore to help these efforts.
The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board will launch a drinking water and sewage project in Bidar this year. The Rs. 140 crore project of 24x7 water supply system with over 100 overhead tanks and a mega sewage treatment plant has been taken up with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank.
Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KEONICS) will set up an incubator for IT start-ups and other allied industries in Bidar. This is expected to help the city in the long run, given the fact that it is within 150 km. of Hyderabad, counted among the biggest IT hubs in the world.
Another interesting proposal is to set up a research centre in memory of Mahamud Gawan, a civil servant in the service of the medieval era Behmani kings.
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