Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil has informed that Raichur is Karnataka government’s first choice to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the state. 400 acres of land in Raichur for the purpose has already been identified and the state government is confident that the Centre will approve it from among the other places shortlisted (Mysore and Hubballi-Dharwad).
It may be mentioned that a vast stretch of land on way to Yadgir, 3-5 km from the city, has been earmarked for the purpose. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently hinted that the government will recommend Hubballi-Dharwad, Raichur and Mysore to the Centre.
“It’ll be an ideal location as it has highway connectivity, water facilities and greenery,” said Patil. He added that there are plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and concerned ministers in New Delhi to push for Raichur, once the government sends its recommendations to the Union HRD ministry. “Representatives of Hyderabad-Karnataka region have also joined hands to bat for Raichur,” he said.