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Industries, entrepreneurs asked to set up units in Saidapur

Special Correspondent

A few organisations have evinced interest, says official


3,000 acres acquired at Saidapur village to establish a special industrial zone

Rs. 7 crore sanctioned to tap tourism potential of Yadgir district


YADGIR: The State Government has invited industrial houses and entrepreneurs to set up their units at the Saidapur industrial zone in the newly created Yadgir district.

Deputy Commissioner K.G. Jagadeesh told The Hindu on Tuesday that the Government had acquired 3,000 acres of land at Saidapur village to establish a special industrial zone. Besides creating the infrastructure needed for setting up new industries there, the Government would extend all benefits available to such units, he said.

Except for a few rice mills, there are no industries in Yadgir district and educated unemployed youth are forced to migrate in search of jobs. Establishment of large- and medium-scale industries would not only create jobs for the youth but also generate economic activity in the district and provide indirect employment to others who had migrated to urban areas as construction labourers.

Mr. Jagadeesh said that the at least 15 industries had come forward to set up their units in the district and a few of their representatives had visited Saidapur for site inspection.

He said Coca-Cola India had evinced interest in setting up a bottling unit at the Saidapur industrial area and the company was ready to invest Rs. 300 crore to Rs. 500 crore on the project. A few industrial houses had also expressed keen interest on setting up at least three thermal power plants at Saidapur, he said.

The State and Union governments had sanctioned Rs. 7 crore to tap the tourism potential of Yadgir district and make it a tourism destination. The ‘Sleeping Buddha' site on the outskirts of Shahapur in Yadgir district would be developed as a tourism centre at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. The State Government was investing Rs. 2 crore on the development of the Sanna Kere in Yadgir, he said.

The State Government had decided to develop the Bonal tank in Surpur taluk of Yadgir district, which was frequented by birds from different countries, into a bird sanctuary at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. A sound-and-light programme would be introduced in the historic Yadgir fort shortly, even as steps had been initiated to give it a facelift. Similarly, the forts at Surpur and Shahapur would also be developed as tourisM destinations, Mr. Goel said.

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