The Hindu in a story says – Software giant Infosys has been sanctioned 50 acres of land near Hubli. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar announced this after releasing the BJP’s manifesto for elections to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.
He said elected representatives from the region had been urging Infosys, which has its campuses in Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, to invest in Hubli to facilitate IT development in the region. “We convinced them to invest in Hubli and sanctioned 50 acres of land,” he said.
The above said by Mr.Shettar needs attention of all the Belgaumites – “ elected representatives from the region had been urging Infosys to invest in Hubli to facilitate IT development in the region.”
The first question that came to our mind when we read this story was what are our elected representatives urging upon?
IT park at Desur has no takers as there is no infrastructure in place and one cannot say that the entrepreneurs in Belgaum are not interested. Even without doing any major development the prices of the plots at IT park Desur have been hiked and most importantly no IT major was tried to brought there which would have encouraged the local entrepreneurs to set up shop there.
Mr.Shettar said they are speaking with the Civil aviation ministry so that Air India can fly from Hubli. Already work on the expansion of the Hubli airport is on but in Belgaum after 5 years the land acquired has been transferred to AAI.
The question that comes to mind is, are we here only to pay taxes and stay as the states second biggest tax paying district even when we have no BIG and huge industries.
May it be railways or Airways or IT companies or Manufacturing companies why is that no one wants to come to Belgaum. Infact the query we got was “where is Belgaum ?” from a foreign associate of a MNC company who was in Bangalore.
The cosy little sleepy town of Belgaum has remained cosy and sleepy over the years and have so the elected representatives. Who do speak after questions are asked but are not proactive is what experts say.
Again a school of thought says why do you want to wake up this sleepy town and make it another Bangalore.
Maybe we in Belgaum always prefer to sleep over cozily and then shout over after battle has been lost.
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