`Government is committed to providing all help to firms investing in the twin cities'
KIADB directed to set aside 300 acres of land in Hubli and Dharwad for the proposed IT city IT companies urged to invest in the twin cities
HUBLI: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday said that the State Government was thinking of establishing an integrated information technology (IT) city in Hubli depending on the response from entrepreneurs.
Speaking after inaugurating the information technology investors' meet here in which 95 IT companies participated, the Chief Minister said the Government was committed to providing all help to companies that came forward to invest in the twin cities.
He said that he had directed the officials of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) to set aside 300 acres of land in Hubli and Dharwad (Rayapur, Mammigatti and Kelgeri) for the proposed integrated IT city. He said, "It is my wish that Belgaum and Hubli-Dharwad cities should help in launching an information technology revolution in north Karnataka. My Government has laid the foundation for attracting investors to these cities." He referred to the initiative taken by the National Association for Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) in association with the Department of Technical Education in making graduates in north Karnataka "IT ready". The initiative was the first of its kind in the country, he said.
He also referred to leading companies such as Sun Microsystems and Mindtree which had come forward to adopt a few colleges in the district to spread IT skills.
Hubli and Dharwad had a literacy rate of 72 per cent and had a large pool of educated youth who could be employed by IT companies, he said.