The long-awaited Film City will be built at Hesaraghatta instead of the Roerich Estate.
Speaking to the media after talks with a delegation led by actor Shivarajkumar on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said the project was not feasible at the Roerich Estate because of environmental concerns.
The Department of Animal Husbandry has 450 acres of land at Hesaraghatta, and 150 acres would be utilised for the Film City, work on which would start soon, the DCM said.
A meeting of film industry representatives with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will be held next week to address the industry’s problems, including subsidies and GST.
Cine workers will be brought under the Labour Department, the DCM said.
He said the government will consider the industry’s request to relax the SOP on film shoots, as per which only 40 persons are currently allowed per shoot.
The idea of a single Kannada Film Promotion Board will also be discussed. Currently, the industry comes under different government departments. There will also be a relook at the existing ‘outdated’ film policy, the DCM said.
Among the members of the film delegation were producers KP Srikanth and Karthik.