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Bengaluru, Nov 1 : Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the Maharashtra-Karnataka dispute has been “completely settled” and reiterated his government’s plans to rename Mumbai-Karnataka region as Kittur-Karnataka.
“After the reorganisation of Karnataka state, the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka had erupted. That border dispute has been completely settled… Therefore, is there any meaning in calling the region as Mumbai-Karnataka?
“In this context, we will take the decision to rename Mumbai-Karnataka as Kittur-Karnataka in the next cabinet meeting,” he said addressing an event on the occasion of 66th Karnataka Rajyotsava Day celebrations here.
The government will not stop just by renaming the region, but aims to improve the lives of the people in this part of Karnataka by taking up development works on a large scale, Bommai said.
“Not only Kittur-Karnataka region, I would like to assure you all that the government will take up development works in other parts of Karnataka,” he added.
The border dispute has its origin in the States Reorganisation Act of 1956.
Maharashtra has been opposing inclusion of some villages falling under Belagavi, Nipani and Karwar, arguing that a majority of Marathi-speaking population lived in these places and should not have been part of the state.
Karnataka, on the flipside, has maintained that the villages are an integral part of the state.
The chief minister also assured that the government will grant Rs 3,000 crore in the next state budget under Kalyan Karnataka scheme to take up development works.
Bommai also assured the people that the government would take up irrigation projects like Upper Krishna and Cauvery in North Karnataka and Dakshin Karnataka.
The chief minister will be offering traditional thanksgiving (bagina) at the Kabini reservoir and Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) on Tuesday after the dams reach maximum level.
The custom of offering bagina was started by late Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao.