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DCs may get more powers for land acquisition

Special Correspondent
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The State Government is contemplating amendments to legislation aimed at enhancing the powers of Deputy Commissioners to acquire land, Murugesh Nirani, Minister for large and Medium Industries, said on Thursday.

Speaking at an interactive session with members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), Mr. Nirani said Deputy Commissioners currently have powers to acquire land up to 54 acres for industrial purposes. “We propose to increase this, but I cannot say by how much at this point,” Mr. Nirani said.

N.S. Srinivasa Murthy, President, FKCCI, said the investment proposals cleared at the recent Global Investors Meet had the potential to generate “spinoffs” for small and medium industries in the State.

He suggested that land adjoining or within the land allocated for the mega industries be earmarked for smaller units. He referred to HMT, BEL, BEML, BHEL, HAL, as successful examples of following such a strategy to provide an impetus to small and medium industries.

Mr. Srinivasa Murthy urged the State Government to simplify clearances processes to augment supply of essential industrial inputs such as power and water.

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