20,000 jobs likely to be created in Chamarajanagar

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Land allotment for industries to commence in December: CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a meeting on the development of Chamarajanagar district in Bangalore on Monday.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a meeting on the development of Chamarajanagar district in Bangalore on Monday.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said that allotment of land for industries in Chamarajanagar district would commence from December this year, even as industries were expected to provide over 20,000 jobs to local youth.

Speaking to presspersons after a review meeting about developmental works in the district here, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that water to industries would be made available from the Kabini. Also, arrangements would be made for providing 43 MW power required for the industries, he said. For this purpose, a 225 kV power station would be established at Chamarajanagar, Mr. Siddaramaiah added.

The government had already notified about 1,600 acres of land in three places in the district. Participants at the Coimbatore Road Show on January 19 and 20 had promised about Rs. 12,500 crore investment and about 200 entrepreneurs had evinced interest in opening shops in the district, he said.

A variety of industries, including electronics, textile and pharmaceuticals were expected to come up, Mr. Siddaramaiah added.

The Chief Minister had conducted the road show in Coimbatore in Tamil Naduto attract investment in Chamarajanagar district. The programme was organised jointly by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries and the State government.

The Chief Minister and his colleagues are keen on developing Chamarajanagar as the Varuna Assembly constituency, represented by Mr. Siddaramaiah, comes under the Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also, the district in-charge Minister, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, is a close aide of the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, the Global Investors’ Meet would be held in October. The government would undertake similar exercises to promote investments in backward districts such as Raichur, he said .

Mr. Prasad was present.

Referring to allegations of hafta collection made against him by the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Mr. Siddaramaiah dared the latter to produce evidence. “If he proves the allegations, I will retire from politics. Will Mr. Gowda do so, if he fails to prove the allegations?” the Chief Minister asked.

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