Special Correspondent

Industrial area in Mysore spread over 7,310 acres of land

There are 2,000 units and 1,500 projects are in the pipeline

MYSORE: The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) has submitted a project proposal to ensure steady water supply to industrial areas comprising Metagalli, Hootagalli, Belagola, Hebbal, Koorgalli, Yelwal, Purananaganahlli and surrounding places.

The Rs. 100-crore water supply project was placed before the Chief Development Officer (CDO) of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board, Prabhakar Kini, who held talks with members of the MIA here on Thursday. Mr. Kini will place the proposal it before the KIADB for its consent.

A long-pending demand to ensure steady supply of water, the proposal was also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, during his recent interaction with the people here on the comprehensive development of Mysore.

The project is reckoned to be imperative for the development of industries as water supply is inadequate.

Suresh Kumar Jain, General Secretary of the MIA, told The Hindu that the industrial area in Mysore was spread over 7,310 acres. It was the second largest in Asia after Peenya in Bangalore in terms of its geographical spread. While the existing area of the industrial estate was 4,310 acres, another 3,000 acres of land had been acquired by the KIADB in view of the growing demand for industrial sites. There were 2,000 manufacturing units and industries, while 1,500 projects were in the pipeline. But the industrial growth could not be sustained without water supply, Mr. Jain.

Despite the growing number of industries here, water supply is inadequate and of the existing 18 borewells, 10 have dried up. In view of the anticipated growth of Mysore and the projected industrial growth, the MIA has submit a proposal to ensure steady water supply.

“The industrial requirement is to the extent of another 5 million gallons per day which will have to be lifted from the Kabini in Nanjangud. It is likely to be harnessed to meet the industrial requirement of Nanjangud industrial estate as well in future,” according to MIA members.

The project also envisages a plant to treat raw water. At present, Mysore industrial area receives untreated raw water and workers of many small-scale industrial units use it for drinking purpose also. The attention of the KIADB was also drawn to the absence of dumping yard in the Mysore Industrial Area. In the absence of such a facility, industrial wastes were dumped on the streets and in isolated and uninhabited regions. Hence, the KIADB has been asked to set aside at least five acres of land for the disposal of solid industrial waste, including used plastic, ceramics and metal, all of which find their way to the scrap yard and are recycled.

P. Vishwanath, president of the MIA, requested the CDO to take up work on the water supply project at the earliest in view of Mysore’s projected growth. There was also an interaction by members of the MIA and KIADB officials.