Report on Mysore comprises of a roadmap, investment blueprint

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) conducted a SWOT (Strengths Weakness Opportunities Threat) analysis of Mysore and has prepared a comprehensive roadmap for the industrialisation of the city and the region.

The report was prepared as advised by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and submitted to him on Monday.

The CII has suggested the constitution of a ‘Joint Government of Karnataka-CII Task Force’ to implement the recommendations and action plans for the development of Mysore.

The report makes an assessment of the current industrial climate and identifies sectors with potential for development in the district.

The study also presents an investment overview and suggests strategic interventions for stakeholders. S. Nagarajan, Chairman, CII, and R.C. Jagadesh, vice-chairman, CII Mysore, said that any blueprint for development had to be build on the inherent strengths of a city and so, prior to the commissioning of the study the strengths of Mysore were studied in detail.

The strengths included the working population, availability of space and the city being identified as a ‘knowledge hub’.

The roadmap calls for strengthening all connectivity nodes between Mysore and other cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mangalore and Kannur. Cluster approach for industrial development, and promoting Mysore as the State’s Information Technology and IT Enabled Services hub, stress on tourism and non-polluting industries are the other recommendations.

Weaknesses

The city’s weaknesses were the relatively small industrial base, inadequate transportation and connectivity facilities, and insufficient social infrastructure in terms of healthcare, schooling and recreational facilities.

The opportunities identified were the capacity to scale up the current research and development facilities, healthcare related tourism, and private participation in education.

The threats emerged from competition from districts like Mangalore, Hassan, and Hubli-Dharwad.

Plans

The CII has called for selection of ‘focus sectors’ for strategic investment promotion in the field of agro-processing, textiles and cottage industries, IT and ITES, Electronic System Design and Manufacturing, and tourism.

The report called for constituting a district investment coordination committee, setting up an information desk, undertaking branding of Mysore, and airport expansion.

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