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CM to launch two projects in Chamarajanagar today

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be laying the foundation stone on Tuesday for a new industrial park to be set up in 1,595 acres of land at Badanaguppe-Kellamballi industrial area, near here, at a cost of Rs. 400 crore.

With the Dr. Nanjundappa committee report rating Chamarajanagar as the most backward district in the State, the objective of setting up the industrial park is to create jobs for thousands of local youths by establishing small and medium scale industries. According to sources, about 300 investors have evinced interest in investing Rs.12,000 crore during a road show conducted by the State government, in association with the Coimbatore District Industries’ Association under the aegis of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry to attract investment in the border district of Chamarajangar about 18 months ago.

The park would feature granite, textiles, leather, automobile and allied industries, besides agriculture related industries, including food processing units. A notification had been issued to acquire 1,595 acres of land at Badanaguppe and Kellamballi villages in the district. Of the 1,595 acres, 1,200 acres is private land and 394.2 acres is government land. So far, 53.08 acres has been handed over to the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. A sum of Rs. 175 crore has been paid as compensation to farmers, whose land had been acquired at the rate of Rs. 20 lakh an acre.

The industrial park, when completed, is estimated to provide 25,000 jobs. Steps have been initiated to draw adequate water from Kabini River and for the installation of 66/11-kV substations to meet the power requirements.

The State government has sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for the construction of a road from Kavalande to Chamarajanagar.

Later, Mr. Siddaramaiah will be laying the foundation stone for the new Chamarajanagar District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., on 19.14 acres of land at Kuderu village in Chamarajanagar taluk at a cost of Rs. 92 crore.

It was the long cherished dream of the district milk producers to have a union after Chamarajanagar district was formed 1998. Now, with the foundation stone being laid for the establishment of a new milk dairy and U.H.T milk unit, Chamarajanagar would be separated from Mymul.

The Chamarajanagar district milk union has been functioning independently since April this year. In all, 3,34,776 litres of milk is being collected every day from 97,622 members of various unions.

The new project will be implemented by the Karnataka Milk Federation, Bengaluru. The new Chamul unit will consist of 3-lakh litres milk production, 30,000 litres curds, 4,000 kg butter and 3,000 litres ghee production units.

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