Tumakuru: After Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa sounded the go-ahead for a new Vijayanagar district to be carved out of Ballari, the demand for bifurcating Tumakuru district with Madhugiri as its headquarters has been made by Congress leader and former Madhugiri MLA K.N. Rajanna who is spearheading the campaign for a separate district.
Mr Rajanna told Deccan Chronicle on Saturday that the demand for bifurcation of Tumakuru is not new and has been there for about 25-years but could not get much support owing to lack of political will among leaders.
To up the pressure for separate district status for Madhugiri, Rajanna had put forth the demand at the time of the recent Lok Sabha polls and had recently written a letter to Mr Yediyurappa to initiate steps to make Madhugiri headquarters for the new district comprising Sira, Pavagada, Koratagere and Madhugiri taluks.
Tumakuru is a vast district having 10 taluks with Pavagada being a remote taluk of the district with people having to cover as much as 200-km to reach the district headquarters, Tumakuru.
"People should have access to a district headquarters within a 40-km radius and Madhugiri as a new district headquarter will benefit people," says Mr Rajanna.
Madhugiri has been a hub of education for close to two decades but is still considered a backward region and the new district status will help in its development. "We have all offices except that of the district Deputy Commissioner and of the Superintendent of Police," says Rajanna while exuding confidence that Chief Minister Mr Yediyurappa will concede the demand for the new district....