BANGALORE: Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have joined hands to repair the bridge across Tungabhadra river on the state highway connecting Raichur and Mantralaya. Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa and his Andhra counterpart Rosaiah, on Friday, agreed to share the cost of the repair of the bridge. Yeddyurappa, briefing the media after meeting K Rosaiah in Vidhana Soudha, said after a portion of the bridge collapsed,road connectivity between the two states had suffered badly.
According to the initial estimates it would require Rs 36 crore for repair works. Rosaiah had agreed to share the amount and work towards getting the bridge repaired at the earliest. He said constructing a new bridge in the same place would require over Rs 300 crore. Both
the governments would consider sharing the required amount by allocating grants in the next year’s budget.
Joint request Yeddyurappa said that both states would jointly request the Centre for waiver of agriculture loans and relaxation of calamity relief fund norms.The chief minister said both the states had been badly hit by the floods. Lakhs of people in both the states were rendered homeless after the floods. The affected people would not get sufficient relief as per the existing norms.
Karnataka had already submitted a detailed memorandum to the Centre.“If the Andhra Pradesh government joins hands with us both the states may get higher amount of relief package from the Centre. Rosaiah was in agreement with the State’s stand on this issue,” the CM said.