Monday, July 16, 2012

HDMC seeks Rs. 500 cr. to mark golden jubilee

To mark the golden jubilee year of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC), the civic body is preparing an action plan seeking grants of up to Rs. 500 crore for various development projects.
Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, Mayor Pandurang Patil said there was precedent for their request. “When HDMC celebrated its silver jubilee, the then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde sanctioned special grants for development work to mark the occasion,” he said.
Dr. Patil said officials had been given a fortnight to chalk out the action plan, which is expected to be ready by the month-end.
One of the major proposals is the development of a park on 120 acres near Navalur, similar to Cubbon Park in Bangalore.
“The action plan will focus on interior areas and undeveloped zones, where roads and drains will be developed. [There will also be focus on] projects required for the whole city, such as development of storm water drains, bus shelters and markets,” he said.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Private airlines to start operation from Hubli airport


HUBLI: There is good news for the people of Hubli that a few private airlines are keen to operate their flights from Hubli airport. SpiceJet and Pegasus airlines are said to have expressed their desire to start operation from Hubli.

Sources from Hubli airport said, if everything goes well according to plan, in next couple of months, service of SpiceJet and Pegasus may become reality. If it happens, it also give boost to the economy of the city.

According to sources from Hubli airport, SpiceJet airlines and Pegasus airlines which are know for low cost air services have already expressed their willingness to operate their flights from Hubli airport to Bangalore and other metros. Kingfisher airlines has already stopped its operation from Hubli for Hubli to Bangalore since two weeks. So, airport authorities are now waiting for other private airlines to operate from here.

SpiceJet and Pegasus airlines have also sent a letter to the airport authority expressing their interest to start their service. In response to their letter, airport authority said to have given green signal.

Besides, top officials from SpiceJet visited Hubli airport a few days back to check the infrastructure facilities available here and held talk with airport officials. SpiceJet is said to have given its nod to start its operation but waiting for official clearance from the Airport authority of India, said sources.

An airport official, on anonymity said, SpiceJet and Pegasus airlines are ready to commence their flight service. If our elected representatives put a bit pressure on AAI, it will give its nod immediately to SpiceJet and Pegasus, he added.

Talking to TOI, K M Basavaraju, Director, Hubli Airport has confirmed that SpiceJet and Pegasus airlines are keen to operate their flights from Hubli airport. If everything goes well, both these airlines may start their operation here in next couple of months.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Job mela in Hubli on June 28

Source: The Hindu

The Department of Employment and Training, State Information Department, District Employment Exchange and Human Resources Development Centre, Hubli, and Moorusavir Math Industrial Training Institute will organise a job mela in Hubli on June 28.
According to a release issued by Assistant Director of District Employment Exchange Shrikanth Malagatti, the job mela will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Moorusavir Math ITI premises.
The objective of the job mela is to create a common platform for the employers and job-seekers and help trained candidates get suitable employment, Mr. Malagatti has said.
Over 40 companies doing business in sectors such as manufacturing, information technology, BPO, automobile, insurance, finance, garments, health and hospitality are expected to participate in the job mela.
Interested candidates should contact the District Employment Exchange on 0836-2225288/ 89 for registration and other details.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dharwad to get 20 new HOPCOMS outlets

Source: The Hindu

The Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS) will open 20 new fruit and vegetable outlets in the city.
At a press conference here on Wednesday, Karnataka Horticulture Federation (KHF) president Ishwarchandra Hosmani said Minister for Horticulture S.A. Ravindranath would symbolically conduct the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the Shivagiri outlet here.
He said the KHF provided financial support of Rs. 4 lakh for each of the outlets. Work would be completed and the outlets, which would have modern storage facilities and spot billing facility, would open for business in four months. The outlets would sell quality produce at competitive prices, he said.
HOPCOMS would open 20 outlets in Dharwad this year and 40 outlets in Hubli next year. The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had provided land on lease to set up the outlets, and the HOPCOMS was ready to open outlets in new localities provided the HDMC gave it land.
A target of setting up 150 outlets in Hubli-Dharwad had been set and if land was provided, the KHF was ready to fund them, Mr. Hosmani said.
Organic produce
To a query, Mr. Hosmani said that though there were no immediate plans to open separate outlets for the organic produce, HOPCOMS would arrange for organic counters at its outlets if farmers wished to market organic products at the HOPCOMS outlets. Only organic produce that had been tested and verified by the HOPCOMS officials would be allowed to be sold at the organic counters, he said.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Karnataka approves Rs 1,000-cr investments in logistics - One in Hubli

Source: The Hindu

Ahead of the Global Investors Meet (GIM), the Karnataka Government has cleared investments in logistics and warehouses to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore.
Also on its own, the government plans to build four Logistics Parks with a total investment of Rs 1,800 crore through private partnership route.
To facilitate development across the state, the Infrastructure Development Department has initiated moves to build Logistics Parks in Bangalore, Hassan and Hubli on public-private partnership (PPP) mode. According to a senior Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) official, the government is looking for an integrated approach by providing multi-modal/integrated logistics transport centre, warehouses, inland container depots, domestic rail head, and air cargo centres.

invites registration of interests

Logistics Parks are to come up at Harohalli Industrial Area in Bangalore with an investment of Rs 500 crore, Dabbaspet (Rs 600 crore), Hassan (Rs 350 crore) and Hubli (Rs 350 crore).
The department has invited registration of interests (RoI) from global, national companies and is open to joint ventures and consortia for development of logistics parks.
An industries department official said the projects cleared recently are Vikram Logistics and Maritime Services which is investing Rs 342.59 crore to set up logistics services at Maranaikanahally and Samanduru villages in Anekal.
The project is to come up on 120 acres of land owned by one of the directors of the company.
It is likely to give employment to 675 people. Property developer Gopalan Enterprises is to build a warehouse at Cheelur village Maralvadi hobli in Kanakapura with an investment of Rs 188 crore and offer employment to 5,000 people.
The promoters of the project have sought 104.06 acres of land.
The government has instructed project proponent to obtain consent to an extent of 70 per cent from the land owners for further assistance.
The Gurgaon-based Siddhivinayaka Farm Fresh is to set up a muti-commodity agri-cold chain network and logistic hub at Vishwanathapura near Devanahalli. The project is to come up on 11 acres on a private land at an investment of Rs 160.66 crore.
Magna Warehousing and Distribution Private Ltd with an investment of Rs 381 crore to develop spaces and infrastructure for IT offices, hotel rooms, meeting spaces and convention, shopping including food courts, restaurants, cinema, departmental stores to complement with the location at EPIP industrial areas at Hoodi Village next to Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Whitefield.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dharwad to get hitech forest institute


Dharwad will soon have a high-tech forest training institute. The state government, responding to a proposal sent by Western Ghat Task Force, has sanctioned Rs 4 crore for setting up the institute. It will come up at Gungaragatti, 15 kms from Dharwad.
Western Ghat Task Force chairman Ananth Hegde Ashisar who was here to attend a seminar on forest research told Business Standard on Tuesday that the research and training centre will help the forestry students to learn and take up advanced research of Western Ghats and Kappathgudda.

He said both Kappatagudda and Western Ghats have been declared as conservation protected areas and hence mining, felling of trees and destruction of flora and fauna in these areas have been prohibited. Considering Bedthi and Aghanasini as a bio-diversity sensitive area, it has also been declared as conservation reserve. Now, no dams or power plants can come up in this area. Nearly 50 meters on both sides of the Shalmala river has also been declared as conserve reserve. All along the river belt, the existing plant life would be conserved.
To check sea erosion, the Western Ghat Task Force has launched a new project titled ‘Karavali Hasiru Kavacha’ (Coastal Green Cover). “Earlier to prevent soil erosion, huge rocks and boulders used to be dumped on the sea shore. Now, ‘Green wall’ comprising several trees is being built. This would protect the sea bio-diversity,” he asserted.
Apart from this, the task force has identified a few villages which have rich bio-diversity. These villages are tagged as ‘Hasiru Samruddhi Grama’. So far 36 such villages have been identified.
and installation of bio-gas plants, solar units and nurturing of medical plants has been taken up in these villages. The Village Forest Committees (VFCs) have been asked to monitor the project and help the villagers.
Ashisar strongly condemned the fatal attack on Dandeli ACF Madan Nayak. He said the task force had taken up the issue seriously and had asked the government to take steps to monitor the activities in the resorts.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tune in! FM comes to Hubli

HUBLI: Citizens will soon be able to tune into music on FM radio, just like their counterparts in Bangalore. If all goes well, a full-fledged FM radio station will be set up within two months, and will give entertainment a whole new meaning in Hubli.