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Ballari called as 'The Steel city of South India' is the 2nd fastest growing city in the state of Karnataka. The natural rich mineral reserves coupled with the textiles and tourism has been at the forefront in contributing to the immense growth of the region.
Situated on the eastern side, it encompasses 7 taluks, namely Ballari , Siruguppa, Hosapete, Kudligi, Sandur, Hadagali and Hagaribommanahalli. Spread across an area of 8,461 sq. kms; it is home to 24, 52,595 people residing in the district as per 2011 census, this accounts to a population density of 300 per sq km.

Economic Snapshot

Ballari is the 2nd fastest growing city in the state of Karnataka. Ballari 's total GDP is a solid INR 101.68 billion contributing 3.4% to state GSDP. It's per capita annual income in the district being INR.74, 554. However, the GDDP trend remains steady at 3% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with the Industries driving in a contribution of 4.3% to the state.

Agriculture in Focus

Ballari strategically segregates its net sown land of 54.09% amongst different crop to gain a stronghold in oil seeds cultivation and extraction. 20% of MSME units in the districts are involved in agro and food based processing. Cereals cover a 50.66% of the net sown area, oilseeds have 17.90% and commercial crops are grown across 13.98% of the cultivated land and pulses form 12.78% only.
Horticulture crops in Ballari include Onion, Chilies, Papaya, Grapes, Guava, Coriander, Pomegranate, Mosambi, Sapota, Banana, Mango, Fig, along with Cash crops like Cotton, Sunflower, and Coconut. Groundnut and sunflower cultivation contribute to the 45 oil-extraction units in the district.

Industrial Landscape

Ballari has a whopping 18,759 Small Scale Industries with INR 727.2923 billion of investment and 70 Large and Medium-scale units with INR 365.7964 billion investment are leading the way.

The district has 7 industrial areas and 5 industrial estates to which a Steel Ancillary Park is proposed. Also planned are Garment Cluster, Mirror Embroidery Cluster, and a Rice Mill Cluster to focus on Agro and processing industry segment and drive the local economy.

The textile clusters dealing with 'jeans' and presence of brands like Point Blank, Dragon Fly, Walker, and Podium has it nicknamed as 'Jean city of India'; They have 45-50 dyeing units and 500 stitching units here. A further thrust is planned to this sector with an apparel park and exclusive denim park in this region.

An estimated 1032.4 million tons of exploitable Iron ore and 18.81 million tons of Manganese ore add potency to the supplementary units of mining industries like Power plant, Eco and Pollution control Systems and Solutions too. Presence of large player like JVSL, BSAL, NKSL, Jindal Praxair Ltd only augments the potency of the sector. Chemical, leather & plastic products contributes 10 % of the total units in the district.

Land and Soil

Ballari has a land utilization of 54.09% for agriculture holding other uncultivated land of 4.17% and 11.93% forest cover along with remaining land area of 29.81%. The soil and climatic conditions favor agriculture here.

The mineral reserves in the district are distinct with Iron ore, Manganese ore, Quartz and Granite fuelling steel industries amongst others.

Water Reserves

Tungabhadra, Hagari and Chikkahagari are the three rivers in Ballari district. The district heavily relies on Tungabhadra Dam as its main source for irrigation. Only 37% of the net sown area is irrigated with the canal network accounting for 64% of the net irrigated areas. Water consumption in the district on an average is 65 MLD whereas the demand by average is a little higher at 70 MLD.

Power Supply

The Ballari Thermal Power Station is the second largest thermal plant in Karnataka generating 500 MW of power. However, the Kaduthini Ballari Thermal Power Station along with Hampi Power House, Tungabhadra Right Band Power House, and Munirabad Power House form the main sources of electricity in the district. The average annual consumption in the district is 94 mn units and average demand in the district is quite high at 172 mn units.

GESCOM or Kalaburgi (Gulbarga) Electricity Supply Company Limited handles the power transmission to the district of Ballari .

Knowledge Capital

Ballari has its own distinct educational institutes with 18 Nursing Colleges and 20 Degree colleges leading the way. 12 Polytechnic colleges with 4 Engineering colleges, 1 Dental college 1 Allopath medical college and 1 college of Indian system of medical colleges or Ayurvedic colleges complete the profile.

Medical Resources

The healthcare facilities at Ballari are spearheaded by the vast number of nursing homes and clinics, about 232 of them. 71 Government hospitals and 55 primary health centers anchor the needs of the population well supported by the 8 major hospitals and community centers here. An Allopathy medical college also contributes its two cents to form a strong network of healthcare providers in the district.


Ballari ’s rail connectivity is strongly defined with its connection to Bengaluru and Guntkal (AP) an important junction that connects it to most major cities easily. National Highway 63 and 13 pass through the district adding road access. The flight connectivity is excellent with access to 3 international and 2 domestic airports. The Sea connectivity is via Karwar, Mangaluru (Mangalore), Mumbai and Goa Port.

Ballari is one of the nodes identified along the proposed Bengaluru – Mumbai Economic Corridor, currently the priority nodes are considered for development here. However the readiness factor for infrastructure is high with 16 cold storages proposed here; 1 for Fisheries, 5 for Chilies and Tamar with 10 others for multipurpose use.

Another major addition to look forward to is the textile park at Kuduthini Industrial Area. 1000 acres have been acquired and exclusively reserved for textile industry.

Additional project

Power: KPCL has initiated action for expansion of 650MW capacity Thermal Power generation plant “Ballari Thermal Power Station”, to additional power of 1000 MW near Kudithini village.

Roads: Roads: NH-13 -connecting Bangalore to Sollapur passes through Kudligi and Hosapete. NH-63 connecting Vijayawada to Karwar passes through Ballari, Torangallu and Hosapete, SH-65 connecting Mysuru (Mysore) to Bidar passes through Ballari and Sirguppa.

Textiles: Development of Mega textile zone of 800 acres at Ballari.

ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನಾಲಯ
ನಂ.49, 1ನೇ ಮಹಡಿ, ಸೌತ್ ಬ್ಲಾಕ್,
ಖನಿಜ ಭವನ, ರೇಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ ರಸ್ತೆ,
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - 560  001

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