Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said that a delegation of district leaders has proposed renaming Ramanagara district as Bengaluru South.

“Keeping in mind the future and development of Ramanagara, Channapatna, Magadi, Kanakapura, Harohalli taluks, a delegation of district leaders led by them has proposed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to rename Ramanagara district as Bengaluru South District,” Shivakumar said.

The delegation comprising district in-charge ministers, MLAs and leaders met the Chief Minister at Vidhana Soudha and presented the district renaming proposal to the Chief Minister today.

Responding to questions by mediapersons, Shivakumar said, “We all originally belong to Bengaluru district, including Bangalore city, Doddaballapur, Devanahalli, Hoskote, Kanakapura, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Magadi. Administratively, it was previously divided into Bangalore city, Bangalore rural and Ramanagara district.

It is necessary to rename the district as Bengaluru Dakshina district while keeping Ramanagara as a central administration, he said adding that Bengaluru has global recognition and under my leadership, the leaders of the district submitted a proposal to the Chief Minister to save the name of this district.

“Making Bengaluru South District will further develop Ramanagara, Channapatna, Magadi up to Mysore, invite the establishment of industries, and also help increase property value. Bengaluru borders Andhra Pradesh on one side and Tamil Nadu on the other. Thus, only Tumkur and this part is left for the development and expansion of Bangalore. We are keeping our name,” Shivakumar said.

To the question about which constituencies will be included in the proposal given for the new district, he said, “We are not making any new district. The existing district will remain the same. Ramanagara, Channapatna, Magadi, Harohalli, Kanakapura – including these five taluks, we have proposed renaming them as Bengaluru South District.”

When asked about the increase in dengue cases, Shivamukar said, “The number of litterers is increasing everywhere. CCTV camera surveillance will be arranged to avoid this. People are throwing garbage on the roadside without putting it in the garbage collection vehicles that come near the house. For this reason, instructions have been given to install CCTV cameras on LED lamp posts. An instruction has also been given to identify those who dump garbage and construction waste and file a case.”

The corporation and the health department are working jointly to control dengue. The Chief Minister will hold a separate meeting with the heads of all departments. (ANI)