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It has already acquired 310 acres of land in a radius of 12 km from Mysore city

Land has been identified in Mysore and Hunsur taluks, and in Chamarajanagar district

‘A few landowners even came forward to

sell their property'

MYSORE: Anticipating investments in and around Mysore in view of the Global Investors Meet in Bangalore on June 3 and 4, the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) has identified over 8,000 acres of non-agricultural land for industrial projects and has already acquired 310 acres in a radius of 12 km from Mysore city.

Owing to opposition to the acquisition of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes, the KIADB recently surveyed non-agricultural land in and around the city and in neighbouring Chamarajanagar.

Sources in the KIADB told The Hindu that more than 8,000 acres of non-agricultural land had been identified in Mysore and Hunsur taluks of Mysore district, and in Chamarajanagar. “If investors are keen on making investments in the region, we can complete the acquisition process by issuing preliminary and final notifications and taking farmers and other stakeholders into confidence,” the sources added.

Land bank

Following hurdles in acquiring agricultural land in the areas surrounding Nanjangud, the KIADB, on the apparent instructions of the Government, decided to create a land bank of non-agricultural land. Accordingly, it succeeded in earmarking more than 8,000 acres, with the majority of the land located within a radius of about 20 km from the city.

The land identified is said to be unsuitable for active farming. “A few landowners even came forward to sell their property and make way for industrial growth,” the sources added.

Over 6,000 acres of non-agricultural land has been identified at Manuganahalli, about 7 km from Yelwal in Bilikere hobli. Likewise, 1,400 acres had been identified in neighbouring Chamarajanagar and preliminary notification for its acquisition has reportedly been issued.

The KIADAB had identified 1,400 acres at Tandya near Nanjangud, a prominent industrial hub in the State, a few years ago but could not acquire it following opposition from farmers since some of the land was being irrigated.

“Since there is no decision from the higher authorities on the land at Tandya, there is still hope for investments if current hurdles are cleared and an agreement is reached,” the sources added.

Out of the 310 acres of land acquired, 250 acres are in Kadakola and Kochanahalli villages in Nanjangud industrial belt and 60 acres is in Koorgalli.

The KIADB had identified 500 acres at Muddanahalli near Kalale, 12 km from Nanjangud, following a request from a reputed automobile company to set up a car manufacturing unit and a preliminary notification was issued. However, the land could not be acquired since there no headway was made with regard to the project. Even this land could be available for investment if the necessary formalities are fulfilled, according to the sources.

The non-agricultural land identified for industrial development has been approved by a high-power committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner. The Joint Director of Industries and the representatives of the industries' association are among the members of the committee. “Only after its consent, the next process of issuing notification is set into motion,” the sources said.

Of late, the KIADB has been facing hurdles in acquiring lands in Nanjangud and Srirangapatna because most of the land is irrigated. Therefore, the KIADB has set its eyes on the Hunsur belt, which, according to sources, had plenty of non-agricultural land.

Nevertheless, none of the land notified in the recent past has been denotified. The KIADB is not looking to acquire land in H.D. Kote taluk because most of it is forest lands.