Govt awaiting Centre's nod to acquire land for ITIR

The investment region coming up in about 12,000 hectares

Principal Secretary to the Department of IT and BT Ashok Kumar Manoli said the Government will shortly submit the proposal to the Centre. The State Cabinet has already approved it. The State government has invited expression of interest from consultants for preparing a techno-feasibility report for the project.

The ITIR, aimed at promoting investment in IT, ITeS and electronic hardware manufacturing (EHM) sectors, has been planned to be set up on an 40 sq km area (estimated 12,000 acre land) covering 29 villages in Devanahalli and Doddaballapur taluks.

The Government intends to usher in the second IT boom by setting ITIR projects. Besides Devanahalli, ITIRs have been planned in four other places across the State. Keonics has been identified as the nodal agency to implement the project.
Land owners and farmers, however, are opposing the project claiming that nearly 40,000 people will be displaced if it is implemented.

Harish of Hasiru Sene in Devanahalli alleged that the Government had fertile land for industrial purpose.

“The land is best suitable for grape and vegetables. Thousands of people are into dairy farming. The proposed project would be detrimental for families of thousands of families,” he alleged.

Farmers already staged a protest against the project and submitted a memorandum to the Governor.

They have urged the Government to locate the project only in unarable land.
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