Drought af­fect: No Hampi Ut­sav this year

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Ben­galuru: In a big set­back for the tourism sec­tor of the state, the gov­ern­ment de­cided not to cel­e­brate the an­nual Hampi Ut­sav in the his­tor­i­cal Hampi of the Bal­lari district this year. The state gov­ern­ment took a de­ci­sion in this re­gard on Tues­day. Speak­ing to the re­porters, district in-charge and ma­jor ir­ri­gation min­is­ter DK Shivaku­mar in­formed that more than 100 taluks of the state in­clud­ing all the 8 taluks of the Bal­lari are fac­ing drought sit­u­a­tion.

The peo­ple are un­der­go­ing tremen­dous prob­lems. So we de­cided to post­pone the event by a year.

“The amount will be utilised for the drought re­lief works,” he said.

Mean­while, tour oper­a­tors ex­pressed their shock over the de­ci­sion. “It will be a big jolt to the state tourism sec­tor. We will hold talks with the state gov­ern­ment in this re­gard,” in­formed a tour op­er­a­tor.

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