Horticulture College for Almel: Will be or won’t be?

VC of UHSB says government has postpone the construction

BIJAPUR; 04 Dec: Is the BJP government trying to cancel the granting of Horticulture College for the district announced in the previous coalition government?

The question is arising after the reports of the government postponing the establishment of the college inordinately and no decision taken yet even on laying foundation stone for the college.

K. M. Indiresh, the Vice Chancellor of University of Horticulture Sciences Bagalkot (UHSB) confirmed that the government has postponed the decision of establishing the college. He however made it clear that so far, no decision taken to cancel the college proposed to be set up in Almel town of the district.

It may be noted that the previous government first announced to set up the college in Tidagundi village coming under Nagthan constituency, but later the government decided to shift the college to Almel in Sindgi constituency of JD(S) MLA, M. C. Managuli.

Managuli who has succeeded in getting the college shifted to his constituency even going against the demand of Nagthan MLA, Devanand Chavan, defended the decision stating that Almel has better infrastructure and facilities for the college than Tidagundi.

He said that Almel has around 178 acre land of the government and other facilities that requires for starting of the college.

Meanwhile, Managuli said that he is not aware of the present status of the college as there is no information reached him about cancellation or postponing the decision inordinately.

“ I do not know the present status, however during my next visit to Bengaluru, I will talk to the officials concerned about it. If the government has taken any adverse decision, I will not allow the college to be shifted from Almel to anywhere else. I will start agitation against the decision”, he said.

Ramesh Bhusnur, the Former MLA of the BJP of Sindgi said that he too is not aware of the status of the college or whether the government has taken any decision to cancel it.

“ I think because of the financial crunch due to pandemic and lockdown, the government probably has decided to delay the establishment of the college. I hope, the project will start at least next year when the financial situation improves”, he said.

Amid this the local organizations have threatened of launching agitation against the government if the decision of establishing Horticulture College is withdrawn.

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