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Karnataka’s industrial areas should be world-class: Minister

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Karnataka’s industrial areas should be world-class: Minister

Industries Minister Nirani disappointed with facilities near Bengaluru, pulls up officials

BENGALURU:

Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani on Wednesday directed officials to focus on providing world-class infrastructure in all industrial areas across the state.

The Minister’s remarks came after his inspection of industrial areas in Ramanagara’s Harohalli and Bidadi and Jigani in Anekal. Upset over the sub-standard facilities, Nirani warned the officials of disciplinary action and instructed them to provide world-class roads, uninterrupted power and water supply, and sewage connections.

“Our aim is to make Karnataka the no.1 destination for investors in India. We need to create an industry-friendly atmosphere. Industrialists will not come forward to make investments unless we provide them world-class facilities,” he said.

Succour for sick units

Stressing the need to revive sick industries, Nirani said, “Our focus should be on reviving sick industries. I will not allow the closure of a single industry during my tenure as Industries Minister.“

‘No forcible land acquisition’

Ruling out forcible land acquisition from farmers, the Minister said KIADB officials should exercise care while acquiring land for industries. “There is no question of acquiring even an inch of land from farmers in a forcible manner. Land should be acquired from farmers if it is infertile and voluntary. KIADB officials should exercise caution and fertile land from farmers must not be acquired. I will take action if citizens lodge complaints against errant officials,” Nirani said.

KIADB Chief Executive Officer N Shivashankar, Chief Development Officer BK Pavithra, KRIDL Chairman M Rudresh and other officials were present during the Minister’s inspection.

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