Stakeholders seek better facilities in Mysuru industrial region

Stakeholders from the commerce and industrial sectors have submitted a wish list to the government and sought policy interventions to shore up basic facilities in the industrial areas of the Mysuru region.

But what is intriguing is that some of these demands are pending since decades and flies in the face of the claims made by the Minister for Heavy and Medium Industries K.J. George that the State government was committed to creating facilities and a conducive atmosphere to lure fresh investments to propel growth in Mysuru.

The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) president and former MLA Vasu pointed out that the existing industrial layouts of Hebbal, Metagalli, Hootagalli, and Belwadi were developed during the period of D. Devaraja Urs. and spread over 6,500 acres.

But despite housing some of the major industries of the region, the layouts lacked basic amenities like roads and streetlights and hence the Association has sought Government intervention to shore up the amenities.

Of the 24 major demands put forward by the Mysore Industries Association representing the industries of Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajanagar, there are at least four that have a bearing on the orderly development of the industrial layouts around Mysuru.

Waste recycling

A case in point is the fresh demand for industrial waste recycling plant which is pending for years. Though the government had decided in February 2001 that all industrial layouts should be provided with industrial waste management and recycling unit for which at least 30 acres should be earmarked, Mysuru lacked such a facility and the industrial wastes, some of which are hazardous, are dumped along the roadside or in desolate areas. Though the MIA has sought 10 acres for creating such a facility, it has been ignored all these years while 3 acres was “sanctioned in principal’’ in 2009 but nothing has transpired since then, said Suresh Kumar, Jain, Secretary of MIA.

Similarly, the demand for a Mysuru Industrial Township Authority is pending since more than 20 years and has been promised by successive governments without any progress on its implementation. It was last announced in the 2015-16 State Budget. Once constituted, it will pave way for smooth development of industrial infrastructure in the layouts.

The area will be out of the purview of the local body like the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), and the Industrial Township Authority will act as a single window agency with respect to payment of tax and clearing infrastructure projects.

Zonal regulations

The demand to enforce zonal regulations is another pointer to the flagrant violation of the law. Chemical industries come up in areas meant for food processing or manufacturing units. Or the plot goes up for sale for building a residential apartment. The MIA pointed out that ensuring compliance with zonal regulations will also help secure Central government funding for cluster development of industries.

Industrial layouts in the jurisdiction of the MCC such as Bannimantap and Visveshwarnagar had their own set of issues related to lack of basic amenities for which an additional Rs.10 crore has been sought from the government.

The other demands pertain to a helipad for industrial layouts, conservation of water bodies, reservation of KIADB plots for SSI units, and levying non-commercial slab rates for water and power supplied to industrial areas.

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