Chamarajnagar

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The southernmost district of Karnataka, Chamrajnagar is blessed with rich natural reserves of both metallic and non-metallic minerals especially the high-value quality of black granite. Here agriculture and allied industries are dominant with sericulture, horticulture and fisheries playing vital role and major contribution of 3% to the state GSDP.

Chamarajanagar is the southernmost district of Karnataka spread across 4 talukas Chamarajanagar, Gundlupet, Kollegal and Yelandur. The district has a literacy rate of 61.43%.

Economic Snapshot

Chamrajnagar's total GDP stands at INR 29.69 billion, contributing 1% to state GSDP. It's per capita annual income in the district being INR. 40, 275. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 4% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with the agriculture and allied industries as the highest contributors at 3% with 12.09 billion for 2012-13.

Agriculture in Focus

Chamrajnagar has 32.50% as the net sown land for agriculture, of which 40.02% is used for food grain cultivation. Its major food crops are Paddy, Maize, Ragi, Jowar, Groundnut, and Pulses alone occupy 33.02%. The Horticulture produces like Coconut, Turmeric, Onion, Banana, Chilies, Mango and Marigold. These ensure thrust on food processing industries creating a value chain of industries across the produce in the region. The district also grows cash crops like Cotton, Sunflower, and Sugarcane.

Industrial Landscape

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy with 1.85 lakh hectares under cultivation; 0.198 million tonnes of these cultivable crops are horticulture produce valued at INR 12.1 billion and is expanding. Another 1769.02 hectares is engaged in mulberry cultivation by 3169 sericulturist. It is a traditional activity with climatic conditions round-the-year very suitable for its growth and development.

The industrial potential is thus well established - creating and integrating value chain for the growing Horticulture Produce like Banana, Coconut, Chili, Turmeric, and Onion. A Food park is proposed by the Government of Karnataka including cold chains and processing facilities to tap this potential. Other opportunities in the district include the use of technology to enhance productivity, improving soil conditions, post-harvest technology development, and extensions along with organic farming.

The availability of tanks and reservoirs, with growing domestic demand, has added impetus to inland fishing here, especially in the ornamental segment. The availability of huge value granite is expected to propel the granite cutting and polishing cluster too.

The district has 5 large and medium industries valued at INR 2.38 billion and 8,651 MSME with an aggregated investment of INR .93 billion in other small scale industries. 3 industrial estates serve their needs well, however more of industrial areas and estates are on the anvil.

KIADB is developing Industrial Area spread over in 1,600 acres of land at Badanakuppe - Kellamballi village for formation of industrial area in Chamarajanagar District. The land is located on State Highway No. 80 connecting Chamarajanagar to Mysore. The proposed Badanakuppe - Kellamballi industrial area located about 7 km from Chamarajanagar town and 40 km from Mysore is sure to catalyze the growth envisaged.


Land and Soil

Chamrajnagar has nearly 48.36% of its land as forest cover. However the 32.50% of the rest of it is utilized for food grain cultivation with cereals, pulses and oilseeds taking up 40.02%, 33.20%, and 9.60% respectively. It still has 12.98% remaining area of its land and other uncultivated land of 6.16%.
Different types of soils and climatic conditions aid a variety of cultivation including sericulture. The natural resource especially black granite is found in this region.

Water Reserves

The main river of the state river Cauvery flows in the district. Minor rivers originate from watersheds and fill in the reservoirs and tanks here providing a good steady water supply to this region.
Gaganachukkhi and Bharachukkhi waterfalls are located here to the North-West of Kollegal taluk.

Power Supply

Transmission to the district is done by Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company Ltd. Domestic power consumption in the district is 352.94 Mu & Industry consumption is 58.79 Mu

Knowledge Capital

Chamrajnagar has a good focus on higher education with 67 Pre University and Government colleges, 2 Engineering colleges and 1 Polytechnic college here. Some of the prominent educational institutions and training centers include Chamrajnagar Nursing Colleges, JSS Women’s College of Arts Government Tool Room and Training Center along with Govt. Engineering College and Government Polytechnic.

Medical Resources

The civic infrastructure for healthcare is well spread and catered across by 60 Primary Healthcare Centers and 4 Government Allopath Hospitals and 3 Community Centers and 14 Indian System of Medicine Hospitals in the district.

Connectivity

Chamrajnagar is well connected across Road, Rail, Air, and Sea. Two National highways NH209 and NH 212 go through the district and a 20 km rail route with 3 railway stations connects the region to all major cities across India. The district has access to 6 airports Bengaluru (Bangalore) International Airport, Cochin and Chennai Airport along with Mysuru (Mysore) Hubballi (Hubli) and Mangaluru (Mangalore) along with inland container depots a mere 185 km away. The seaport accessibility is high with connects at Tuticorn, Karwar, Mangaluru (Mangalore), Mumbai and Goa.



Department of Industries & Commerce
#49, Khanija Bhavan, South Wing,
Race Course Road, Bengaluru - 560001