Even as the development mantra often chanted by CM Yeddyurappa has turned out to be
a big joke, the several task forces and authorities which have been constituted by him for
the development of different areas, too have turned out to be mere decorative bodies.
For that matter even the Coastal Development Authority constituted with the intention
of achieving the overall development of the coastal districts considered the gateway of
development of the whole state, has remained a mere letter head authority.
A glance at the works of the Coastal Development Authority that was constituted after
the Yeddyurappa government came to power will reveal that it has practically achieved
nothing. In fact the Authority was constituted just to fit Nagaraj Shetty to some post,
after the CM was unable to pacify the leader who was adamant on enjoying some posting
despite being defeated in the election.
Ever since the Authoirity was constituted, the only task done by Shetty was to promise
development wherever he went, only to remind the people of the existence of an
Authority. Except for this, nothing much has been achieved. In the recent days, Shetty
has even forgotten to mention about the agenda of the Coastal Development Authority.
In fact, the Authority made news whenever Shetty was seen accompanying the CM
during his visit to the district. Usually, the captions of the photographs of the CM also
showing Shetty would mention Shetty as the Chairman of the Authority.
Apart from this, the only benefit of this post for Shetty has been that he had the
opportunity to be seated on the dais with top officials and leaders at various functions.
Even in the progress review meets, it was Shetty who stood apart from the rest, not
because of anything, but his attire with a colorful shawl.
In reality, the district has practically not benefited from this Authority. The roads of the
district remain as bad as ever and so is the condition of the highways.
Though the ADB aided developmental project made much news years ago, as of now
none seems to be bothered about the aid as well as the works undertaken with the aid.
Even the Coastal Development Authority had not bothered much about it.
At least the Development Authority had not even tried to pressurize the Railway
authorities to yield to the longstanding railway needs of the region. For that matter there
has been practically no improvement as far as basic amenities to industrial areas are
concerned (Here on has to ask as to what the KUIDFC headed by MLA Yogish Bhat was
All these are only raising question marks regarding the achievements and capabilities
of the government. But to speak about the development of the coastal district, when the
government machinery has come to a standstill, is as good as hitting a dead horse.
Still, it is our duty and responsibility to question as to what the authorities constituted for
our benefit are doing. The ruling party men, who are chanting the development mantra,
have to answer this question.