A unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) will be established at Bidarehallakaval in Gubbi taluk of Tumkur district, according to MP G.S. Basavaraju.

He told presspersons here on Sunday that 772 acres and 7 guntas of government land was available at Bidarehallakaval. The unit would come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,000 crore and it was expected to create 3,000 jobs, he said.

The Deputy Commissioner, the Assistant Commissioner and the Gubbi tahsildar had reviewed records of the government land from 1951.

Mr. Basavaraju said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had discussed implementation of the project with Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the latter had responded positively. He demanded that the State government give approval for the project at the earliest. Mr. Basavaraju demanded that the State government include points related to providing jobs to local people and basic facilities at villages in the vicinity of the proposed unit in the memorandum of understanding to be prepared for the project.

He said HAL must adopt nearby villages and provide basic facilities as part of its corporate social responsibility.