K'taka to withdraw its proposal for PCPIR project

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Udupi, June 26 (UNI) The Karnataka Government seriously considering withdrawal of its proposal submitted to the centre for setting up Petro Chemical and Petro Investment Region (PCPIR) in Daxina Kannada and parts of Udupi district in the State, Home Minister V S Acharya said today.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of new Udupi Zilla Panchayat building complex here, Dr Acharya said that as there was already Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) project on the move, Minister for Fisheries Krishna Palemar, who is also Daxina Kannada Incharge minister felt no need for another project in the district which required 73,000 acres of land in Daxina Kannada and part of Udupi district.

He said that since there was stiff opposition from the public against the project and after discussion with Minister for Industry Murugesh Mirani and concerned department it was decided to move the issue in the next cabinet meeting seeking withdrawal of the proposal submitted to the centre.

He said that the concerned ministers opined that as the MSEZ project included a petrochemical, chemical, aromatic and software units which required about 2000 acres land, there was no need for any fresh project in the undivided district consuming more land. The centre had asked the state to notify the required land for PCPIR.

Before notification of any land, the government would send its proposal to the centre to withdraw the project, he added.

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