The Deccan Herald reported that Karnataka’s Chief Minister Mr Basavaraj Bommai told the Karnataka Assembly that the government would recover nearly 5,000 acres of land that was allotted to steel producer ArcelorMittal in Ballari over a decade ago. Mr Basavaraj Bommai told “He met ArcelorMittal Executive Chairman Mr Lakshmi N Mittal recently and brought up the land issue. He said I told him that he should either return the land or use it. He said he'd come up with an alternative plan. We've given them a notice. We will recover the 5,000 acres of land.”’ In 2010, the government had identified nearly 5,000 acres in Kudithini and Haraginadoni villages of BaIlari for a steel plant ArcelorMittal wanted to set up with an estimated investment of INR 30,000 crore. However, the project did not take off.