Sunday, June 22, 2008

Karnataka Govt planning industrial corridor

Hubli (PTI): The newly-elected BJP government in Karnataka plans to establish an industrial corridor along National Highways NH4 and NH218 with the objective of generating employment to people in North Karnataka region, state Minister for Large and Medium industries Murugesh Nirani has said.

Speaking to reporters, the minister, who is in-charge of Dharwad district, said that industries could tap into the raw material resources and basic facilities available along the two highways, connecting Bangalore to Belgaum and Hubli to Bijapur.

He said that iron ore was available in Bellary and instead of exporting iron ore, iron sponge plants could be set up at Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts. Similarly, steel plants could be set up to provide employment.

Similarly in Bagalkot, Gulbarga and Tumkur district, where limestone is available, cement plants could be set up.

Nirani said that in Bagalkot, Bijapur, Belgaum, Shimoga districts, centres of horticulture, foodprocessing units could be set up using the agricultural products here.

The government would appeal to industrialists to establish industries in Hubli-Dharwad, for which a high level committee would meet at Bangalore on June 27 to consider 36 pending plans and encourage them to move to North Karnataka for establishing industrial units here, he said.
Of the 45 SEZs planned, two for Belgaum and one for Hubli-Dharwad had been sanctioned, he added.

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