Vijayanagara district to continue Functioning under Ballari District till 2024

Even after being carved out as a new district of Vijayanagara from Ballari district, Vijayanagara district will still continue to function under Ballar district for possibly the next three years. The state government on Monday decided that funds allocated for the undivided Ballari district will be persisted with.

The action plan was already in place for undivided Ballari till 2023-24 fiscal as any changes to the development plan would have an adverse impact on both the districts. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai seems to have already decided to persist with the plan.

“Only after 2023-24 fiscal, a structured plan will be put in place for the allocations to be divided between the two districts of Ballari and Vijayanagara,” read the release from the CMO.

The Chief Minister at the meeting urged the officials and the district in-charge minister Anand Singh to cash in on the tourism potential of the Vijayanagara district. He asked the officials to hold a meeting with the Archaeological Survey of India officials and to further develop the ruins of Hampi to attract more tourist footfall.

As a result, for the next three years, Vijayanagara will continue to function under the shadow of Ballari district with no separate financial allocations, albeit with independent jurisdiction in all other fields.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday, sanctioned the immediate construction of 11 offices in Hosapete, which is going to be the headquarters of the newly carved Vijayanagara district, more frequently visited by the general public. In the second phase, other government offices shall be constructed.

These include the offices of the new deputy commissioner, Zilla panchayat office, superintendent of police (SP), district forest officer (DFO), district health officer (DHO), deputy director for Survey, settlement and land records, stamps and registrations, urban development, women and children welfare and the public information officer.

With regard to personnel, Bommai has asked the officials to partially draw the services from Ballari district and the rest to be started afresh.

CM Bommai said he will be asking the housing department to provide land of 83 acres for the new offices to be constructed and asked the officials to not waste land.

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