Staff Reporter

Non-availability of land hits small units hard

About 40 private industrial clusters are operating in and around Bangalore

Exhibition of agro-based industries to be held in September-October

Bangalore: The Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) has urged the Government to allot 2,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Bangalore to enable small industries sector to create new industrial estates.

KASSIA president M.C.R. Shetty told presspersons here on Friday that majority of KASSIA members had been constrained to operate outside the existing industrial estates due to non-availability of land, building and industrial sheds.

Rentals

Even the rentals of buildings and sheds had gone up owing to escalating real estate business. In the light of these developments, only the creation of new industrial estates could provide some solutions to the persisting problems of small industrialists, he said.

Land sought

The Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation had sought 460 acres of land from the Government. KASSIA wanted to develop industrial estates in association with the KSSIDC. There were reports that an estimated 40 private industrial clusters had been operating in and around Bangalore.

Congestion

This had been resulted in congestion and left no space for expansion. Considering the overall situation and the future of small industries, the Government should exclusively earmark 40 per cent of any land converted for industrial purposes for the small industrial sector by providing plots in four slots beginning 2500 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. Mr. Shetty said.

Referring to agro-based industries; he said that the State was yet to concentrate on the area.

Exhibition

The KASSIA would organise an exhibition of agro-based industries in the North Karnataka region, he said.

The KASSIA was planning to hold Karnataka Industries and Trade Exhibition 2007 in September-October.

The exhibition, KITE-2007, would focus on outsourcing, defence supplies, international sub-contracting, automobile and aerospace components and precision engineering.

It has been proposed to accommodate 200 stalls for showcasing the State’s competency in these areas, Mr. Shetty added.

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