The Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) convened a meeting of all major industrial bodies and local public representatives, here on Monday as Karnataka government keeps Belagavi away from newly announced development projects.
Belagavi South MLA Abhay Patil chaired the meeting at Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries hall. Mla Abhay Patil said, the government skipped Belagavi for various new projects, recently from building high-tech cities and start-up parks. I have already said that just by giving us a Suvarna Vidhana Soudha doesn’t make sense, we need to be in priority list of projects. I thought Belagavi representatives will speak against injustice, but sadly none of them raised voice. But we will meet Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday (24 Nov) to discuss these issues.
The industrial bodies here upset with state government for the step motherly treatment towards Belagavi and they informed that Maharashtra is inviting industrialists from Belagavi to invest there. They have promised a low cost for land, and rebate in tax. The government of Goa also invited industrialists from Belagavi, promising them single-window clearance and other facilities.
‘Where as Karnataka government has fixed very high cost for land at newly developed Kittur and Kanagala industrial areas. The government has fixed Rs 65-85 lakh per acre. In Maharashtra, it is just Rs 12 lakh an acre, Rs 8 lakh at Gadahinglaj industrial area the Ajara industrial areas respectively.’
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‘We want to carry out our business in Belagavi, but we are being ignored here’ said Industry heads.
With this, the industrialists from Belagavi has passed a strong message to the government, about shifting their operations to neighbouring Goa and Maharashtra states, if it continues to neglect Belagavi.