'1.5 lakh acres non-cultivable land for industries'

18 districts have already allotted land: Murugesh Nirani

Addressing media persons on the sidelines of Mysore divisional-level industrial adalat here on Wednesday, he said land has already been identified in 18 districts under this Land Bank system, and the Deputy Commissioners of the remaining districts have been asked to identify such land in their districts too within three months.

About 22,300 acres of non-cultivable land has been identified in Mysore division, he said.
Six sectors namely steel, cement, textile, food processing, automobiles and biotechnology have been identified as thrust areas of the State. The sectors will be developed in different districts on the basis of raw materials available there, he informed.

Nirani said the government has received 19 applications in response to its appeal for “expression of interest” from the private agencies for the Suvarna Karnataka Development Corridor. The corridor comprising eight routes is intended to connect industrial areas and market hubs in the State, he added.

He said an audit committee has been constituted to withdraw land allotted to such industrial units which have not taken any steps to develop the land for the past ten years or more.

He also said the government has decided to allot only upto five acres of land for those intending to establish industries in the backdrop of complaints that such land is being utilised for real estate business.

“More land may be allotted only if they justify their demand,” he added.

Answering a query, Nirani said the State did not lose much though Tata’s Nano project could not be brought to the State since it could get about Rs 4,000 crore investment from the Toyota.

“The company has now begun its second phase in Bidadi with Rs 1,200 crore investment. It has sought for an additional 40 acres for setting a plant for the peripheral items,” he informed.
The Minister said the much awaited global investors meet would be held in Bangalore at the year end. The meet is expected to attract Rs 3,00,000 crore investment, he added.

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