PTl has reported that Karnataka Chief Minister Mr Basavaraj Bommai has promised to a delegation of workers from Steel Authority of India Limited’s Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Limited that all efforts would be made to save the Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Limited at Bhadravati. Mr Bommai told “The VISL has been an important factory. Several PSUs had been shut down due to globalization. Thanks to former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the VISL has survived so far. The closure process of this factory has been initiated by the Central Government under the disinvestment scheme and this is a matter of concern.” He also said “The VISL must survive and efforts will be made to have it functional. Firstly, the government will try to stop the closure process and then it will hold talks with other companies. Former Prime Minister Mr HD Deve Gowda had recently written to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi requesting him to instruct the Ministry of Steel and the Steel Authority of India Limited authorities to drop the proposal for closure of VISL.” Karnataka Leader of the Opposition Mr Siddaramaiah too has also written to Mr Modi opposing and condemning the closure of the VISL in Shivamogga, which he said would lead to loss of livelihood for thousands of families.