Infrastructure support for
less developed areas in Bengaluru
infrastructure support is to be provided by the Karnataka government
to less industrially developed areas as part of a plan to decongest
was announced in the new industrial policy (2014-19), which
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched on Friday. Towards promoting
areas, beyond Bangalore, “it is proposed to notify potential
areas as Special Investment Regions (SIRs) to provide substantial
infrastructure support.” Dharwad, Gadgag, Haveri and Belgaum
districts is to be notified as one such SIR area.
Hyderabad Karnataka region will get additional incentives and
concessions. In addition, the State government “will prevail
upon the Centre to offer incentives” such as excise duty and
income tax exemption to the backward region, something similar
to what is being given to Andhra Pradesh. The region “needs
special focus with funds for development,” the policy said.
simplification of regulatory procedures, the policy said a comprehensive
study of such procedures will be conducted by the State government.
This intent is to reduce time and cost of compliance to government
procedures for industrial investments. Also, it is proposed
to abolish trade licence to all industries.
Nano park coming up in Bengaluru
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre
and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts
of Bengauru. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano
Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.
the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said
the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the
park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.
invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India
and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.
Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the
science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre
— to solve common problems, and said the State will consider
increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives.
“I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based
solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine
and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah
said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics
and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner
for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the
key people present at the event.
Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said
two of the top national institutions to have contributed to
nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science
and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.
called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and
complicated area for research.
Bengaluru population booms
to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years,
but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of
the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's
population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.
city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while
Udupi has the highest: 1,094.
also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women,
and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.
24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has
the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31
lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration
was done on March 1, 2011.
BIA's T1 comes
International Airport Limited (BIAL) is bringing the airport
experience to the city, leveraging technology to present a preview
of the soon-to-be-inaugurated T1A to citizens.
press release from the BIAL said that starting Thursday, Bangaloreans
are experiencing first-of-its-kind and a unique preview of the
airport with its new features, services and facilities. All
this through vehicles fitted with state-of-the-art Glasstrons
and photoboxi that will travel across the city to experience
and share a truly inclusive partnership between the city and
Sanjay Reddy, managing director, BIAL, said: “True to our roots
in the IT city, we felt that the best way to share the new infrastructure
with all Bangaloreans was through technology. The preview provides
a glimpse into the exciting new features and facilities at the
airport and is in line with our objective to bring the airport
closer to the city that we serve. We encourage citizens to be
the first in experiencing their airport.”
vehicles will tour different spots in the city each day. To
participate in the campaign, people need to watch out for the
‘Smile Bengaluru’ vehicle, which will be in their area as per
a predetermined schedule. People can also follow the ‘SmileBengaluru’
hashtag (#SmileBengaluru) on Twitter to share their experiences.