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Known as the pulse bowl of Karnataka, Bidar situated right atop the state geography and is perhaps one of the few districts to witness a phenomenal growth curve in investment since 2011. It has 9 large industries with an investment of with INR 23.24 billion.

It has 5 taluks Aurad, Bhalki, Basavakalyan, Bidar, Humnabad spread across 5448 sq kms. Bidiru from which the name of the district is derived means bamboo. The city retains its old world charm with fine handicraft called Bidri work. It has a literacy rate of 70.51% in the district.

Economic Snapshot

Bidar's total GDP stands at INR 45.46 billion, contributing 1.5%to state GSDP. It's per capita annual income in the district being Rs.45282. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 5% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with the agriculture and the allied industries reigning with a total contribution of 11.89 billion amounting to 2.8% of the state's agriculture sector .

Agriculture in Focus

Bagalkote is an agrarian economy with over 67.36% of the net area under cultivation. A staggering 4.67 lakh hectares area is cultivated across Sugarcane& cotton that are the major commercial crops along with wheat jawar, bajra andmaize that form the major cereal crop group in the district. Groundnut andsunflower oilseeds are also grown here. A total of 59% of the land is irrigated at Bagalkote.

Industrial Landscape

Bidar with only 32.08% of its net area under cultivation; has 46.3% of the same strongly focused on growing pulses. With uncultivated land of 4.08% plus remaining area of 11.28% and a growing focus on agro based food processing sector, agriculture is the mainstay. The district has 30% of its MSME in agriculture and food processing sector.

Its major crops in pulses are Bengal gram, Black gram, Green gram, Red gram including Toor dal, along with Sugarcane, Mango, and Grapes. Groundnut Sunflower, Soya bean, Sesame etc. are the oilseeds available in the region

Land and Soil

Bidar has its land and soil well utilized with varied cropping. The soil is well suited for pulses cultivation and is acknowledge for the good quality produce. The district has a forest cover of 2.56%.
Bidar has natural resources that include Bauxite, Kaolin, Red Ochre, Laterite stone, Building stone and Quartz

Water Reserves

Bidar district falls under the Godavari basin that extends over 4411 sq km and Krishna basin that covers 585 sq kms. However, it also has three rivers Manjara, Mullamiri and Chulkinala that aid irrigation. Bidar has a net irrigated area of 16% of the net area sown.

Power Supply

Bidar power transmission in the district is done by Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (GESCOM). Power generation is handled by the varied organizations like NTPC, KPCL, and other sources also include RTPS, Solar power of 15MW and Sugar industries generated 18MW power. The average consumption in the district is 900 MU/ annum but the average demand stands at 180 MW.

Knowledge Capital

Bidar has noteworthy higher educational institution including a University of Veterinary Sciences and Horticulture Studies along with 153 PU and Government colleges. It also has 3 Engineering colleges, 1 Medical college, 2 Dental colleges, 2 Indian System of Medicine Colleges with 10 Polytechnics and 1 GTCC center Some of the prominent educational and research institutes in the district include Bidar University of Medical Veterinary Sciences, Shri Manik Prabhu Institute of Science and Management amongst others.

Medical Resources

332 Private Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Clinics, 68 Government Hospitals, along with 48 Primary health centers and 5 Community health centers form the established healthcare infrastructure at Bidar.


Bidar is well connected by Railways that pass across all 5 districts, 2 National Highways connect its road network for high accessibility on grounds. NH9 connects Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andra Pradesh. NH13 connects it to Vijayapura (Bijapur) – Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The closest seaports are Goa and Mumbai port with a capacity of 15 million tons. However, Hyderabad International Airport is a mere 134 km away and Mumbai airport also being accessible. Proximity to three domestic airports support the district's connectivity. Bidar already has a Helipad and a Domestic airport and Kalaburgi (Gulbarga) – Bidar Railway Link is being developed.
Goa, Karwar, Mumbai and Chennai ports provides the sea links here.

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