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Anchoring the Master control facilities of ISRO, Hassan is acknowledged as an industrial growth center along with 6 developed industrial areas and 4 special economic zones. Add to this nearly 70% of the population that is engaged in agriculture occupation with a 265 acres food processing SEZ for export oriented units here; Hassan is a double edged advantage to explore.

Hassan is spread across 6814 sq.km consisting of 8 talukas – Alur, Arkalgud, Arsikere, Belur, Channarayapatna, Hassan, H.N. Pura and Sakleshpur in the south eastern part of Karnataka. The district has a literacy rate of 75.89%

Economic Snapshot

Hassan’s total GDP stands at INR 66.12 billion, contributing 2.2% to state GSDP and it’s per capita annual income in the district being INR. 53,000. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 6.3% CAGR from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with the Agriculture & Allied sector bringing in the highest contributions at 4.3% for 2012-13.

Agriculture in Focus

Hassan has a growing focus on the agriculture sector with the net sown area of 46.49%. The dual agro climatic zone and bi modal rainfall allows for adopting multiple cropping patterns in the district. It allots 64.15% of net sown land to cereals and pulses rank a low second with only 16.22% allotted to it.

It also cultivates Oilseeds like Sunflower, Groundnut, Sesamum, Castor, Mustard, Soya bean and other Commercial crops - Cotton and Sugarcane, Tobacco. Hassan has Plantation crops Coconut, Areca nut, Cocoa, Coffee and Oil palm along with Spices like Black Pepper, Ginger, Cardamom and Vanilla. It also has horticulture produce like Tomato, Chilly, Potato, Brinjal, Banana, Mango, Lemon, Sapota some Flower like Jasmine, Chrysanthemum, Marigold & Rose. It also grows Medicinal Plants like Patchouli and Amla.

Industrial Landscape

Hassan is agriculture dominant society. A rich producer of spices, cardamoms, coconuts and coffee it has a strong agriculture base that facilitates agro –food processing industry. The presence of ZARS / KVK / Other Technical institutions provide knowledge support to farmers and infrastructure for intensive R&D creating a unique ecosystem for the development of the sector. A 265 acre food processing SEZ for Export oriented units and a 300 MT cattle feed plant further strengthens it.
Similarly the existing textile zone with an investment of US $ 114.69 million providing employment to 2,390 persons is powered by a 614.17 acres KIADB’S Dedicated Textile SEZ. Presence of 3 exclusive export oriented units only augments it strength in the region.
A pharmaceutical SEZ set to provide 25000 employment spread across 270 acres at the cost of 0.43 billion is a growing attraction of the vast potential and capabilities of the district. The Electronic SEZ with a total investment of 6.86 billion provides for conducive environs for export oriented units in Electronics, Hardware, IT/ITES units. Thus the opportunities related to these sectors are prime attractions.
10 large and medium scale industries with aggregated investment of INR 6.78 billion and a growing 13, 456 SSI with an investment of INR 3.04 billion along with 6 Industrial areas, 7 industrial estates form the industrial landscape of Hassan. However, it’s the 400 acre Industrial Growth Center with fully developed road linkages and completely loaded infrastructure with dedicated power and water supply and 4 other SEZ’S that are catalyzing the growth in the sector. Land banks of 1058 acres in Hassan and 238 acres in Arasikere provides for ample opportunities to explore.

Land and Soil

Hassan is spread across a total area of 6, 62,602 ha. The agro climatic conditions across three zones Southern Transitional, Southern Dry and Central Dry zones help in adopting varied cropping patterns and growing different crops.
The district has natural resource of Moulding Sand, Quartz, Feldspar, Copper Ore and Chromite Ore Deposit

Water Reserves

Hassan has ample of water resources with its average demand at 1 MGD much lower than its total supply capacity i.e. 2.5 MGD. Cauvery, Hemavathi and Yagachi are 3 important rivers flowing in this district. Hemavathy reservoir at Gorur is the main dam with Yagachi and Vatehole are the other two small reservoirs in the district that help irrigate 20% of the net sown land.

Power Supply

Transmission to the district is done by Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (CESC), Mysuru. However power generation is done in the region. Hassan Biomass Power Company has set up 8MW Renewable Source Biomass Power Project in the district and Hassan Thermal Power (P) Ltd. (HTPL) has set up 2×660 MW, imported coal based power plant near Hassan
The district on an average across both industry and domestic demands -177392 MU however, its total supply capacity is 2X100 MVA which is from Hutagalli, Mysore and Shivamogga.

Knowledge Capital

Hassan is well equipped with a network of higher education institutions – A solid 85 ITI’s and 7 Polytechnic colleges, along with 5 Engineering colleges, 2 Medical and 1 Dental and a good 15 degree colleges are available in the region. The education network is filled with varied disciplines to aid well round development. Some of the key institutes are Malnad College of Engineering, Rajiv Institute of Technology, GTTC Hassan and Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences

Medical Resources

The civic infrastructure for healthcare in Hassan is well provided for, in service of the region. It has a 135 Primary healthcare centers and 15 Community centers, 22 Allopathic hospitals, 5 Ayurvedic hospitals and 1 Unani hospital combine together to anchor healthcare in the region.


Hassan is highly connected across Road, Rail, Air, and Sea. NH48 and NH 206 pass through the district. It has 200km of rail connectivity across 5 talukas and two more broad gauge rail links work under progress enhancing accessibility. Hassan has its own airport work under construction while 2 International Airports – Bengaluru & Mangaluru along with 3 Domestic airports – Mysuru (Mysore), Hubballi (Hubli) and Belagavi (Belgaum) and 3 seaports – Karwar, Mangaluru (Mangalore) & Goa ensure good accessibility by Air and Sea routes for the region.
Hassan has an excellent infrastructure readiness with defined SEZ for each sector. 248.55 Ha for Textiles, 159.7 ha for Food Processing and 50. 65 ha for pharmaceuticals have been notified under special economic zone for development by KIADB. Opto Infrastructure Ltd -one of the prominent players in the district have been given an approval for development of Electronic Hardware and Software including IT/ITES industries in an area of 101.2 ha.
Hassan is one of the nodes identified in the Bengaluru – Mumbai Economic Corridor in Karnataka; though currently the priority nodes have been considered for development. The district also has 1 Cold storage for Milk Products, 1 for potatoes and 5 Cold storages for Multipurpose adding to the state of readiness to deliver.

Additional project

SEZs are being conceptualized at Holenarsipura for Food Processing, Pharma, Hardware and Textiles

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

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