SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Monday that he was very satisfied with the Centre’s response to his request for assistance to tackle the situation arising out of the “unprecedented” flood situation in several parts of north Karnataka.Talking to presspersons, he said that when he took the delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram, to seek Central assistance, they appreciated the seriousness of the situation and assured adequate assistance.
He said that the four Union Ministers hailing from Karnataka — S.M. Krishna, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily and K.H. Muniyappa — who joined the delegation, also stressed the need for adequate Central assistance. He said relocation of houses from low-lying areas, and the
estimation of crop loss was being taken up on a priority basis without waiting for the assistance.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he had requested the Prime Minister during his meeting with him recently to waive the crop loan as a one-time relief to the farmers who had suffered heavy losses.He said that there was no question of going back on the decision to enhance the toll on lorries
carrying sand and mine ore to Rs. 1,000 a load. The decision was intended to check the pilferage of the toll being collected at the check-posts for the last three to four years.He said that the tax collected from this source would be utilised for repairing roads.