Jul 23, 2013, 09.37 PM IST | Source: PTI

ArcelorMittal yet to secure land for plant in Karnataka

Steel giant ArcelorMittal is yet to secure possession of the entire land required for the Rs 30,000-crore steel plant in Karnataka, the state Legislative Assembly was informed on Tuesday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah informed the Assembly that 2,000 acres of the total 4,865 acres sought by the steel giant had been allotted in Bellary district.

ArcelorMittal yet to secure land for plant in Karnataka

Steel giant ArcelorMittal is yet to secure possession of the entire land required for the Rs 30,000-crore steel plant in Karnataka, the state Legislative Assembly was informed on Tuesday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah informed the Assembly that 2,000 acres of the total 4,865 acres sought by the steel giant had been allotted in Bellary district.

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ArcelorMittal inked the agreement in June 2010 at the global investors' meet organised by the Karnataka government to set up a 6 million tonne per annum (mtpa) steel plant. South Korean steel giant Posco recently pulled out its  proposed Rs 32,300 crore, 6-mtpa project in Karnataka's Gadag district because of difficulties in land acquisition  and delays in securing mining rights. This MoU was also signed at the 2010 GIM.

The Chief Minister acknowledged in the House that Posco project was "dropped" following farmers' resistence and  agitation, supported by religious leaders, opposing land acquisition. Figures provided by the Chief Minister in  response to a question from KM Shivalinge Gowda (JDS), who sought to know the extent of land allotted to industrialists
who signed MoUs with Karnataka government during the two editions of GIM that took place in 2010 and 2012, suggested  difficulties on land acquisition.

An extent of 1,274.53 acre has been allotted by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board to 131 units for  projects cleared in GIM 2010. Of them, only 22 projects had take off. 794.45 acres had been allotted to 29 units  cleared during GIM 2012; nine of them had started work on their projects.

The then BJP government had showcased the MoUs signed during the two GIMs with investment potential of lakhs of crores of rupees as a major feather in its cap, but implementation has been much slower than expected, though state industry  officials are at pains to explain that big projects take their own time to fructify for various reasons.

Shivalingegowda said at many places, tracts of land had been acquired from farmers without fully paying them compensations, while industries which are supposed to come up there are yet to take off leaving the areas in a state of neglect.

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