Udupi: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that housing, health and education were the priority areas in his forthcoming budget.He was speaking after inaugurating the second stage of the Rs. 57-crore “Swarna”, the drinking water project, here.Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government was committed to the development of all towns and cities in the State. It would release Rs. 8 crore for the widening of the Gundibail-Kalsank Road. Funds for the construction of a bridge across Swarna river and another bridge to connect Malpe and Padukere would be released. He would soon be sanctioning Rs. 1 crore for the development of a 30-acre garden at Mannu Palla in Manipal, he said.
Development of gardens and tanks were high on priority. Areas marked for gardens and tanks but encroached by influential people in Bangalore had been retrieved and gardens and ponds had been developed there, he said. Some people, who were envious of the BJP Government’s growing
popularity, were trying to obstruct development works. But, such attempts would be thwarted. “Some of our own people are trying to unsettle me, but I will stay put and work for the progress of the State. There is no paucity of funds, but we require honesty,” he said. He criticised the Opposition parties for raising a hue and cry over the implementation of the Rs. 3,400-crore infrastructure project for the Bruhat Bangalore
Mahanagara Palike. The Opposition parties were trying to demoralise the government officials, he said. With a view to utilising the energy of the youth in right direction, the Government would give importance to science and information technology. The commissioning of the “Swarna”
second stage here would cater the water needs of Udupi for the next 25 years, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.