New industrial area in Chamarajanagar soon

New industrial area in Chamarajanagar soon

The Karnataka government is moving ahead with plans to develop Chamarajanagar as a industrial hub for industries from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and has notified 1,362 acres of land for the purpose, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries M N Vidyashankar said on Thursday.

He was speaking at a press conference in Bangalore ahead of a road show for the ‘Chamarajanagar Business Development Summit’ to be held by the Karnataka government in Coimbatore on January 20.

The government proposes to develop industrial and infrastructural parks through the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) in Kallabella and Badankuppe villages in Chamarajanagar district under the Suvarna Karnataka Corridor scheme. Specialised industrial parks for spices, a textile park, food park and granite park, besides agro-based clusters, power and renewable energy parks will be set up within the industrial hub.

The government intends the Chamarajanagar industrial area to serve as a industrial nerve centre akin to Hosur in Tamil Nadu to attract industries from neighbouring Coimbatore, Erode and Salem, Vidyashankar said, adding that road shows will be organized in different locations in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to lure industries to Chamarajanagar.

He said that the Department of Commerce and Industries will release the draft industrial policy for the state by the third week of January to elicit feedback from stakeholders across the industry and chambers of commerce. 

The policy is set to come into effect from April 1, 2014. 

Commissioner of Industries M Maheshwar Rao said that the government proposes to develop a granite park spread over 300 acres in the new industrial area in Chamarajanagar. 

Twenty units are currently operational at the park and another 70 units have shown interest to set up granite processing units. The combined investment from these units is estimated at over Rs 200 crore.

The Chamarajanagar industrial hub also envisages a presence for service industries like hospitals and healthcare, MSME units, and sectors like tourism, automobile, engineering, cold chains, dairy products and minerals. 

The Summit in Coimbatore on January 20 will be chaired by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) President R Shivakumar, along with M N Vidyashankar, and M Maheshwara Rao, Commissioner for Industrial Development & Director of Industries and Commerce. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will lead a high-powered delegation to Coimbatore on January 20. The delegation will hold a series of meetings with prospective investors of Tamil Nadu and invite them to invest in the state.

This will be followed by a investors meet in Chamarajanagar during the third week of February 2014. 

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