Karnataka identifies 1.6 lakh acres for forming industrial layouts

He informed the Legislative Assembly that the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) had initiated action to acquire the land and develop it in a phased manner.

The Minister noted that the Government had given approval, in the 2009-10 budget, for forming industrial areas in an extent of 1,000-2,000 acres (not fit for agriculture) in each district with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore.

Listing the initiatives for intensive industrial development in north Karnataka region, Nirani said 10,000 acres of steel zone would be established in Koppal, Bellary and Bagalkot districts.

"Foundry park will be established through KIADB in an extent of 500 acres in Macche village of Belgaum district", he said. "Spice park will be established in an extent of 120 acres in Byadagi in Haveri district through Food Karnataka Ltd.".

The Minister said an auto park would be set up on 20-25 acres adjoining national highway of Basavakalyana in Bidar district, adding, artisans engaged in preparation of silver ornaments in Mangur village of Chikkodi taluk in Belgaum district would be provided with living-cum-worksheds and other infrastructure facilities on 50 acres.

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