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Friday, January 27 2023

Vijayapura: High prices, industrialists reluctant to buy land

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Vijayapura: The industrialists of Vijayapura are unhappy with the State Government for charging high tariffs on the purchase of lands to set-up industries at the newly developed Mulawad Industrial Area in Basavanabagewadi Taluk here. With an aim to develop industrial infrastructure in the District – the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) has developed 604 acres out of 3,239.03 acres at Mulawad near Kolhar. Among the developed area only 304 acres is available for industrial use. This industrial area is located alongside National Highway 52 (Hubballi – Solapur).

According to sources, “Among the land developed in the first phase (304 acres) merely 70 acres has been purchased and the remaining has fallen vacant because of the high cost of the land.”

Basavaraj Biradar, Joint-Director of the Department of Industries and Commerce, pointed out that, “The KIDB has spent around Rs. 14 lakh for acquiring every acre of land. For the development of infrastructure for every two acres, around Rs. 22 lakh has been spent. Apart from this the State Government is also ensuring that the upcoming industrialists get proper water and power infrastructure by spending over Rs 25 Crore.”

“The Government is providing 75 per cent incentive to Schedule Caste/Scheduled Tribe and 25 percent for the general category after they set-up their plants. Among the land developed 20 per cent is reserved for SC/ST and five per cent for women. In the second phase, we are planning to develop infrastructure in another 500 acres of land. People are slowly coming forward to set-up the industries in Mulawad Industrial area,” detailed JD Basavaraj.

Terming the current tariff unscientific, S. V. Patil, President of the Bijapur Industrialists District Owner’s Association, pointed out that, “We have no qualms with the infrastructure developed in the Mulawad Industrial site. The Government is charging too high for per acre of land. The price has to be set-up at Rs. 30 lakh per acre instead of charging Rs 42 lakh.”

“The government should reduce the cost of the land and later, they can generate revenue through Goods and Service Tax. The Government should not expect profit out of it. The policies and prices have to be industrial friendly,” added Patil.

Vijayamahantesh Danammanavar, Deputy Commissioner said that, “It has come to my notice that many industrialists have raised this issue. It has been fixed as per the State Government norms. We will have a single window meeting with the stakeholders and discuss the problems of industrialists.”

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