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Karnataka eyes farmlands to set up industries: CM

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

To be a premier investment destination, the government began identifying farmlands in rural areas to set up industrial units, said on Thursday.

"To make a premier investment destination, our government has begun the process of identifying large acres of farmlands in rural areas to set up industrial units," Kumaraswamy said at a trade event here.

Unveiling the Indian machine tool manufacturers expo (Imtex) at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, the said his government would soon set up an integrated facility for machine tool industry to create an ecosystem and make it competitive.

"As a joint initiative of the state and central governments, the Tumakuru Machine Tool Park will be set up in about 500 acres of land at Vasantha Narasapura industrial area in the district," Kumaraswamy told the gathering.

Tumakuru is about 70 km northwest of Bengaluru.

For ease of doing business, the government has initiated a host of new programmes and events like and Tooltex to hasten industry-led growth.

"Our state's has attracted investments from the across the country and abroad, making a favourite for investing in like Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, 3D Printing and Robatics," said Kumaraswamy.

As a pioneer in industrial development, Karnataka has been following a new industrial policy since 2014 for enabling the grow at 12 per cent and attract Rs 5 lakh crore investments and create 15-lakh jobs.

"Karnataka has recently been ranked by the central government as one among the country's top three states for highest employment generation," said Kumaraswamy.

The eight-month-old Janata Dal-Secular-coalition government has also identified nine districts across the state to set up industrial clusters for fostering innovation and product diversification.

"We have identified Ballari, Bidar, Chikkaballapura, Chitradurga, Hassan, Kalaburgi, Kolar, Koppal and Mysuru for the clusters. We intend to expand our to tap the huge talent available in tier-2 and tier-3 cities," said Kumaraswamy.

K.J. George, R.V. Despande, (CII) and leading industrialist Jamshyd N. Goderej were present on the occasion.

Leading Indian and overseas machine tool makers are showcasing their technologies and products at the 5-day expo-cum-summit.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 15:58 IST
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