Get final approval for NIMZ from Centre, HKCCI tells govt.
‘It will help quell demand for statehood and boost economic development’
Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (HKCCI), on Monday, wrote to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Medium and Large Industries Minister K.J. George demanding that they get the final approval for establishing the proposed National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Kalaburagi.
The letter, signed by HKCCI president Amarnath C. Patil and secretary Shashikanth B. Patil, urged the State government to hasten the process to establish NIMZ here “to quell the demand for statehood” and boost economic development of the region.
Hailing the Chief Minister’s statement during his recent visit to Hubballi dismissing attempts to project him as anti-North Karnataka and expressing his commitment to the development of the region as a “morale booster”, the HKCCI said that the people of Hyderabad Karnataka region would, with great hopes, look forward to the Chief Minister for Hyderabad Karnataka-specific policies, apart from regular release of special grants to Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development Board (HKRDB) under Article 371(J) of the Constitution.
The Union government sanctioned National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) for Kalaburagi in 2014, in pursuance of the National Manufacturing Policy announced in 2011 to boost GDP growth to 25 % and to create 100 million jobs.
The State government identified 12,500 acres of land, including portions of government land, in the district.
It also undertook a techno-feasibility study through Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Services (ILFS) at a cost of ₹ 10 crore.
The Kalaburagi NIMZ is expected to attract ₹ 25,000 crore investments and provide one lakh direct employment and 1.60 lakh indirect employment.
The letter says that the State government, after identifying the land for the project, has not submitted its techno-economic feasibility study to the Union government for the final approval.
“We strongly believe that industrialisation of Hyderabad Karnataka region with the establishment of NIMZ in Kalaburagi wholly depends on the strong political will of the State government to win the hearts of the people of the region which will go a long way in averting the demand for statehood,” the letter reads.
Congress leader M. Mallikarjun Kharge and other officials with the first flight that landed in Kalaburagi airport on Sunday.ARUN KULKARNIARUN KULKARNI
Successful trial landing at new Kalaburagi Airport
Exactly a decade after the commencement of the construction of Kalaburagi Airport, the first airplanes landed on its runway on Sunday.
Two lightweight four-seater trainer airplanes belonging to Asia-Pacific Flight Training Academy (APFT) landed on the runway at 10.51 a.m. and 11.18 a.m. respectively.
Captain Jahnavi, Captain Sachin Shaha and Chief Operating Officer of APFT Hemanth D.P. alighted from the first plane and Captain Abhijit and Captain Arun from the second one. Both the planes took off from the Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport for the purpose of the trial-landing exercise at Kalaburagi Airport.
As they landed, Congress leader M. Mallikarjun Kharge, his son Priyank Kharge, leaders, Regional Commissioner Subodh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, Superintendent of Police N. Shashikumar and the public welcomed them with applause.
Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Kharge asked the Union government to include the airport under the UDAN scheme. “The dream of Kalaburagi residents has come true. The first step towards commercial operations has been completed with the successful trial landing. Now the Union government needs to include the Kalaburagi Airport under the UDAN scheme to commence the commercial operations. I had written to Union government in this regard. I will again take up the issue. Let it begin with Indian Airlines services to encourage private players,” he said. He also recommended the inclusion of Kalaburagi, considering its geographical location, on the existing flight-routes such as Bengaluru-Mumbai, Bengaluru-Goa and Hyderabad-Goa.
Mr. Kharge also thanked the State government for completely bearing the costs of construction. “It is a big airport that could accommodate landing and take-off of larger aircrafts. Many big airports in India are started small airports and gradually developed into larger ones. But, Kalaburagi airport started as a large one,” he said adding the airport would boost the economic development in the backward region.
Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatesh Kumar welcoming Captain Jahnavi in Kalaburagi on Sunday.Arun KulkarniArun Kulkarni
Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge has said that the process of giving the Kalaburagi Airport for flight training purposes was under process. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he told presspersons here on Sunday that two flight pilot training academies, the Asia-Pacific Flight Training Academy (APFT) and the Avicon Aero, had approached the government seeking the airport for training purposes.
“It is a good thing if the airport is in use. If the flight training activities are on, the Civil Aviation Ministry will be satisfied with the airport’s functionality and the process of commencing commercial operations would be hastened,” he said. Considering the size of the airport premises, the Minister said that aviation skill development centres could also be opened at the airport.
Speaking to The Hindu at the airport, the Minister said that using the airport for flight training purposes will help train quality pilots. “Airports in metros are too busy to give time to training purposes. Their priority is offering the space to international commercial flights followed by domestic commercial flights. In crowded metro airports, flight training institutes get very little time to train their young pilots,” he said.
Since the State has borne the costs of the Kalaburagi airport, it need not obtain prior permission from Union government for giving the airport to training purposes, Mr. Priyank added. Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatesh Kumar said that he will give a NOC to start pilot training at Kalaburagi airport after the formalities are completed.
4th FUll Fledged University at Gulbarga/Kalaburagi
4th University will come up in Kalaburagi/Gulbarga...& city is truly emerging as educational hub of Karnataka. No other North Karnataka cities have so many universities and medical colleges in one city.
4 Universities: Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga University, Sharanabasava University and now Khaja Bande Nawaz University 4 Medical Colleges: MRMC, GIMS, ESI, KBN Medical colleges
6 Engineering Colleges, VTU Regional Center, RGUHS Regional Center, Satya Sai University of Human Excellence
What is now needed is industries which can change the forturne of the city and retain the local talent
CM to Land and Take off from Gulbarga/Kalaburagi Airport
CM’s special flight would be the first official flight carrying a State dignitary to land in and take off from the newly-built Kalaburagi Airport.“The trial landing and take-off exercise has been successfully done in the new airport recently. A special aircraft that was assigned to carry Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had also landed on and taken off from the runway on Saturday as part of checking the runway. Mr. Kumaraswamy would himself land at the airport on Monday to become the first State dignitary to land in the airport,” Mr. Kharge said.
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