Special Correspondent

Promoters confident of completing the project by 2012

Call to check conversion of farmland

MYSORE: A Rs. 400-crore international business park is slated to come up on a 50-acre plot on the Mysore-Bannur Road with thrust on information technology and biotechnology.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the project, being promoted by Astha Infrastructure Limited, was performed here recently and the promoters are confident of completing the project by 2012. A company spokesperson said they were in the process of finalising the funding aspect and expect the work to commence by the end of this year.

While Mysore beckons investors and business parks, there is also a general perception that conversion of prime agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes should be regulated. Mysore taluk is among the worst affected in the district where more than 60 per cent of the land meant for agriculture has been converted for industrial purposes. Officials point out that more number of farmers are seen in the revenue office seeking conversion of land use pattern rather than visiting the local Raitha Samparka Kendras.

However, the growing land acquisition around Mysore has also put the farming community in a dilemma. Though organisations such as the Bhoomi Taayi Horata Samiti have launched an agitation to stop the sale of agricultural land for establishing industries, it has little hold over individuals keen to dispose of the land in view of the high returns being offered by the investors and uncertainty over the agriculture sector.