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HAPPY:Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Viranna Savadi addressing a press conference in Hubli on Wednesday.
HAPPY:Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Viranna Savadi addressing a press conference in Hubli on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Viranna Savadi terms his work during his Mayorship ‘satisfactory'

‘Investors who have failed to take action have been warned'

‘Process on to identify investors for Tech Park'

HUBLI: Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Viranna Savadi has said that investors who had failed to initiate measures for setting up IT-related industries in the land allotted to them in the Aryabhata Tech Park have been warned.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Savadi said that as per the condition, those who were allotted land were supposed to set up their units within a period of two years. “However, barring a few most of them have failed take steps to set up their units although the deadline given to them was nearing. The Sub Committee set up for the purpose has warned such investors and has given them time till March-end. If they fail to act, the land will be taken back and allotted to others who are genuinely interested [in setting up industries],” he said.

The Mayor said that 10.5 acres of land in the Tech Park had not been allotted and the process of identifying genuine investors was on. The committee would soon complete the process and allot the land probably to four or five investors, he said.

No foreign tour

Mr. Savadi, who will complete his term as Mayor on March 5, termed his work during his Mayorship as “satisfactory”. He said that although he was invited for two conferences to be held abroad, he chose to reject them. “Instead, I visited municipal corporations within the country, where there were successful models of development, and have tried to bring them into practice in Hubli,” he said.

Mr. Savadi said the centenary celebrations of Lamington School, the development of Nrupatunga Hill, initiating the development of Nehru Stadium, installation and unveiling of statues of Siddappa Kambali and Sangolli Rayanna were among the works which had brought satisfaction to him during his tenure.

On the development of villages that had been included under the municipal corporation, Mr. Savadi said that while some development works had been taken up under the Rs. 100-crore grant from the Government in these villages, more funds were required for further development.

“We have requested for additional grant of Rs. 100 crore from the government, which the Chief Minister has promised to allocate in the Budget. A part of the grant will be utilised for development work in these villages,” Mr. Savadi said.

For improving the water supply distribution network in the twin cities, the corporation would spend Rs. 30 crore for strengthening the distribution network in at least seven or eight wards and the water board officials had been asked to submit a detailed plan in this connection, he said.

Regarding the delay in the implementation of some of the projects pertaining to solid waste management, sewage treatment plant and extension of 24 x 7 water supply project, Mr. Savadi said that the issue had been raised at the level of the secretary of Urban Development and the projects were likely to be cleared by March 15.

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