Chitradurga

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Chitradurga is witnessing high winds of change. IISc is to start a 2000-acres second campus here. The district has one of the best high wind sites in the country making it the 4th largest producer of wind energy. It also has highest reserves of limestone, a number of large and medium cement industries and is fast emerging to be a strong contender of steel and cement industries too.

Located in the heart of the Deccan Plateau at a distance of 202 Kms from Bengaluru, it is spread across 6 talukas - Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Hosadurga, Holalkere, Challakere & Molakalmuru. The district has 73.71% literacy rate.

Economic Snapshot

Chitradurga's total GDP stands at INR 52.26 billion contributing 1.7% to state GSDP. Its per capita annual income in the district is INR.47, 534. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 3% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with agriculture and allied industries sector being the highest contributors at 3.5% for 2012-13.

Agriculture in Focus

Chitradurga is an agriculture dominant economy with over 50% of the net area under cultivation. It cultivates major crops like Paddy, Ragi, Jowar and Maize. Pulse varieties grown include Red gram, Horse gram, Green gram, Black gram, Bengal gram and Tur and Commercial crops like Groundnut, Sunflower, Cotton and Tobacco Rich in animal wealth it has the total cattle population 1.5 Million and poultry population is 0.9 Million as per the 17th livestock census.

Industrial Landscape

The dominant agriculture sector is well enhanced with a 106 - acres Akshaya Food park at Hiriyur. The park with an investment of US$ 3.4 million along with the V.V.Sagar fish seed farm established to produce and supply quality fish seed for the development of fishery in district plus the 20% SSI units engaged in food processing in this region adds to the sector growth immensely.

Chitradurga also has one of the best performing high wind sites recording a capacity of 38.5% with over 20,000 wind turbines producing 1472.75 mw capacity; the 4th largest wind power generation in the country. Another 21 MW plant is proposed in the region by Enercon India Ltd.

Powered well, Textile constitutes second highest number of Large & Medium industries in the district along with approximately 12% of SSI units in the district. One of the highest investment attracting sectors, it has 3 artisan clusters in Textile Handlooms and Hand Printing in the region.

Rich in mineral resources including prominent gold mines and open copper cast mines - it has highest limestone reserve estimated to the tune of 93.05 million tonnes; the region is thus set for mining activities and recognized as emerging hub for cement and steel industries too.


Land and Soil

Chitradurga has ideal agro climatic conditions suitable for agriculture and horticulture. The district has a total land area of 8,436 sq. km with 9.5% of forest cover. It has of 15.79% other uncultivated land along with 24.06% remaining land
Along with rich deposits of Limestone, it has deep reserves of iron and manganese ore, copper and green quartz too.

Water Reserves

The River Vedavati, a tributary of Tungabhadra flows through the district meeting its needs along with 744 mm annual rainfall the region receives. Tanks and reservoirs are used for water storage extensively. The Average demand in the district for both Industry and Domestic is 9, 31,950 litres/day whereas the

Average consumption in the district is 7, 92,157 litres/day.

Power Supply

Power transmission in the district is being done by Bengaluru (Bangalore) Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM). It receives power from Sharavati Hydel Generating Station and has one receiving station in Hiriyur with capacity of 220 MVA.

The district has strong alternative power resources. It has 91 Wind Mills in Chitradurga and Hiriyur generating 21.74 MW power. Welspun Energy Limited (WEL) has commissioned its first solar project in Chitradurga of 8.02-MW (DC) capacity too.

Knowledge Capital

Chitradurga current educational institutes include 1 Dental and Engineering College each, 21 Degree colleges, 3 Polytechnic and 113 Libraries to build on skilled man power and engage in competent research and development. On a high note is an upcoming IISC second campus spread across 2000 acres. Various science hubs are to be developed across a sprawling 8000 acres including the IISC one too. The others include communication and remote sensing facility by ISRO, Extensive Aeronautical Testing Range by DRDO and Material Enrichment facility by BARC.

Medical Resources

The civic infrastructure for healthcare is well covered by 62 primary healthcare centers in the district. Bagalkot has varied health care facilities including 80 major hospitals and community centers to cater to the need of the people.

Connectivity

Chitradurga is well connected across Road, Rail Air and Sea. A broad gauge rail route of 165.27 km, 2 national highway NH4 and NH13, Mangaluru (Mangalore) port proximity with capacity of 44 million tonne cargo along with Karwar Goa and Chennai port the air connect is accessed via Kempegowda International Airport and 3 other airports Mangaluru (Mangalore) Hubballi( Hubli) Mysuru (Mysore) which ensure high accessibility for trade and commerce. Additionally the support infrastructure gains a new high with an 8 lane road from Bidar, Bengaluru (Bangalore) via Chitradurga, Chitradurga – Mangaluru (Mangalore) and Chitradurga – Hosapete (Hospet) – Bagalkote (Bagalkot) – Vijayapura (Bijapur) is proposed. Also on the anvil is an Airstrip in the region.




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Department of Industries & Commerce
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Race Course Road, Bengaluru - 560001