Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday (Aug 11) inaugurated a new building for the Bhavurao Deshpande Veterinary College in Kokatnur village near Athani in Belagavi district.
The college is is affiliated to the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidara and named after Bhavurao Deshpande, former MLA and RSS leader, who hailed from Athani.
The work was started in 2012 on the vast land of 211 acres with estimated cost of Rs 87 Crores. Later, the cost of construction work increased by around ₹ 78 crore which is inclusive of vehicles, laboratory, materials and other requirements and furnitures. Due to delay in grants, the construction got delayed for four years. Again in 2019, a grant of ₹ 37 crore was released for other development works during the BJP government.
This veterinary medical college, which has been under construction for 9 years, has now been inaugurated, which has brought happiness to the farmers of the taluk.
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Athani is among the remotest taluks in the State. It is situated at a distance of 150 km from the district headquarters of Belagavi. It is around 60 km from Sangli (Maharashtra), 75 km from Vijayapura and 125 km from Bagalkot.
The government veterinary college is the second farm sciences institution in Belagavi district, after the government horticulture college in Arabavi.