JD(S) puts Nirani on the mat over GIM

JD(S) puts Nirani on the mat over GIM

However, these questions did not get a direct reply from the minister. JD(S) MLA K M Shivalinge Gowda, raising a question regarding land acquisition by KIADB, said during the GIM, the government had claimed that a lot of investment would flow into the State and lakhs of jobs would be generated. But all these had remained just claims.

Gowda and his party leader H D Revanna insisted that the minister should provide information on the exact number of industries that are up and running.

387 MoUs signed

The minister said 387 MoUs were signed and an investment of Rs five lakh crore was expected, generating eight lakh jobs. He said the projects were in different stages of execution. ‘Bhoomi pooje’ had been performed for 28 projects. An investment of Rs three lakh crore was expected in three to five years’ time, he added.

The JD(S) leaders asked the minister to explain the present position on the investment flow. The Speaker said he would allow a discussion on the issue later.

KIADB has acquired the maximum extent of farm lands in Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban districts, where land prices are among the highest in the State.

In a written reply to Appaji Nadagouda of the Congress in the Assembly, Nirani said KIADB had acquired a total of 12,572 acres in Bangalore Rural and 12,479 acres in Bangalore Urban for industrial purposes.

Altogether, KIADB has acquired 49,442 acres in the seven districts of Mysore, Ramanagar, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Tumkur, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban over the years. Of this, 554 acres of lands have been denotified, the minister said.

In another reply to Ramalinga Reddy of the Congress, the minister said KIADB had acquired 38,371 acres of land and allotted about 7,044 acres to 83 investors since 2008.

The highest of 3,507 acres have been allotted in iron ore-rich Bellary district to four investors - ArcelorMittal, HSW Steels, BMM Ispat and Tungabhadra Minerals.

In Bangalore Rural, 413 acres have been allotted to 37 investors and in Bangalore Urban, 25 acres have been allotted to six investors, he said.

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