The Karnataka government has released Rs. 200 crore as special grant for road development works in 114 backward taluks, according to Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi. He told presspersons on Friday that the special grant would be spent only for road works in the backward taluks as roads were bad there. During President's Rule, the administration released Rs. 125 crore for road works in rural areas and the special grant would be an addition to that. The Minister said the State government planned to build toll roads between Bellary-Mangalore and Bellary-Karwar.
SMIT Singapore Private Limited (SSPL), the Singapore based salvage company, has commenced its salvage operations for the removal of oil from the sunken vessel M V Asian Forest, after five months and 10 days, on Tuesday.