Software giant Infosys has been sanctioned 50 acres of land near Hubli. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar announced this after releasing the BJP’s manifesto for elections to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) here on Friday.
He said elected representatives from the region had been urging Infosys, which has its campuses in Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, to invest in Hubli to facilitate IT development in the region. “We convinced them to invest in Hubli and sanctioned 50 acres of land,” he said.
To a query on the Aryabhata Technology Park in Hubli where many of the entrepreneurs who were allotted land have not set up their units till now, Mr. Shettar said there were many others who were seeking land at the tech park. “I will soon hold a meeting with the principal secretaries of the departments concerned on the issue. We will allot land to only those who are interested in immediately setting up their companies at the tech park,” the Chief Minister said.
Referring to the memorandum of understanding signed between the State government and the Civil Aviation Ministry for the development of the Hubli airport, Mr. Shettar said that although SpiceJet had started operating flights from Hubli to Bangalore and Mumbai, there was a need for operating bigger flights to other major cities and also international destinations from here.
“We want Air India to operate flights from Hubli. I have already taken up the issue with the Union Minister for Civil Aviation and other senior authorities in the Ministry,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief Minister released the BJP manifesto for the HDMC elections.
Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai, chairman of the Kannada Development Authority Mukhyamantri Chandru, MLA Virabhadrappa Halaharavi and president of the BJP’s Hubli-Dharwad unit Mahesh Tenginakai were among those present.