Hubballi: Cities in our country must be planned and developed in such a manner that fits into the mould that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cast as part of his vision for a new India, said Dharwad MP and Union minister for parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi in Hubballi on Sunday.
Joshi, who distributed letters of possession to 786 Hubballi-Dharwad Urban Development Authority (HDUDA), said, “HDUDA is carrying out the entire process of handing over sites to eligible beneficiaries in a transparent manner.” On the proposed construction of a flyover at Rani Channamma Circle, which has triggered a controversy, Joshi said, “This is not a political issue, but a project aimed at ensuring smooth flow of traffic at the busy junction. We have invited objections from the public, and even constituted a committee comprising engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology, BVB College of Engineering and other prestigious institutions. This committee will submit its report, after carefully weighing the pros and cons of the proposed project.”
Dharwad district in-charge minister Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, also present on the occasion, pointed to the various development projects currently under way in the twin cities. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, meanwhile, suggested that HDUDA officials must consider naming the new layout after PM Narendra Modi. MLA Arvind Bellad and MLC Pradeep Shettar were among those present on the occasion.

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