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Karwar: Uttara Kannada district has several scenic spots that draw tourists. There is good scope for investors to invest money on tourism and health-related projects, said Richard Hyde, Deputy British High Commissioner to India. He was speaking to media persons on Sunday night during his visit to Karwar to explore the business opportunity in Uttara Kannada.
He said the British High Commission had branches in almost all the cities of India and High Commission was exploring ways to invest in small cities of Karnataka. The metro cities such as Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad had accounted for a major chunk of foreign investment. So a study was being conducted for investment in small cities, he said. There was scope for the IT, tourism, semi-conductor development, medical and pharmaceutical investment in Karnataka, he said.
Already, the High Commission had recognised Shimoga, Karwar, Hospet and Bellary as potential places for investment, he said. He said the High Commission held discussions with Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy in this regard. He said keeping the bio-diversity, forest and the environment of Uttara Kannada district in view, a tourism development plan could be implemented, he said.
About the aid given by the U.K. to Karnataka a few years ago to develop the Western Ghat areas, which was subsequently withdrawn because the work was not satisfactory, Mr. Hyde said he was not aware of it. He said there was no plan to give aid to the State Government to develop the forests in Western Ghat areas. Karnataka had enough finds for these projects, he said.
Appreciating the South Indian States, he said these States were above poverty line and were relatively advanced. To stop the brain drain, the British Government had been encouraging local industrialisation. Dismissing the claim of some western leaders that Bangalore had taken away a major part of the employment in the guise of outsourcing, Mr. Hyde said it was not true. Recession was the main reason for unemployment and it could be contained, he said.
An Information Technology project was coming up in Shimoga with the help of British Government. A similar project would be taken up in Karwar, he said.
Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer Vijay Mohanaraj, and Divisional Forest Officer R. Gokul were present.
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