Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Large and Medium Industries Minister and district in-charge Murugesh Nirani has said that steps were being taken to rectify the lacunae in the single window system introduced for attracting investors to the State.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Nirani said that the single window system would be made more simple and effective so that it would help in attracting more investors to Karnataka.

The Minister said that discussions were being held with the officials of nationalised banks to facilitate easy and early financial assistance to industrialists and entrepreneurs for their projects in the State.

Mr. Nirani said that it had been planned to set up 52 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the State. Industries had been set up in 15 zones and the Union Government had given sanction for nine SEZs.

Replying to a query, he said that apart from taking steps to attract investors to the State by providing them adequate land, steps were being taken to upgrade the technical skills of the people in the regions where industrial projects were being planned.

He said that with an objective of preventing traffic congestion and other problems, it had been decided to promote “residential industrial towns” in industrial estates.

Apart from it, steps had been taken to provide adequate infrastructure in the existing industrial estates, he said.

The Minister said that the State Government, as part of a plan to develop special industrial zones pertaining to cement, textiles and food, had given sanction for setting up food processing units worth Rs. 10 crore each at Amaragol APMC yard in Dharwad district and Navanagar in Bagalkot.

Investors meet

Mr. Nirani said that preparatory steps were being taken for the global investors meet to be held in Bangalore. A vision group led by Gopalkrishna of Infosys had been constituted.