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The Golden Land Kolar (known for the presence of the Kolar Gold Fields) today is emerging hub for agro and food processing industries base in the state. It ranks No 1 for productivity and yield of horticulture crops and has the biggest solar power unit in India.
Kolar is spread across 3,979 sq. km consisting of 5 taluks – Kolar, Bangarpet, Srinivaspura, Malur and Mulbagal in the south eastern part of the state. The district has a literacy rate of 74.33%

Economic Snapshot

Kolar’s total GDP stands at INR 61.82 billion, contributing 2% to state GSDP and it’s per capita annual income in the district being INR. 59,614. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 7% CAGR from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with the Agriculture and Allied industries as the highest contributors at 4.8% for 2012-13.

Agriculture in Focus

Kolar with its top rank in productivity and yields of horticulture crop has 49.95% of the net sown land under its cultivation. The district allots 33.34% for cereals and 10.58% for pulses. The horticulture crops in the region include Potato, Tomato, Onion, Beans, Green chilies, Khol crops, Carrot, Radish and Beetroot, Mango, Banana, Guava, Sapota, Grapes, Marigold, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and Rose

Industrial Landscape

Kolar vibrant agricultural base making it ideal destination for food processing and agro based industries. The district averages milk production of 7.65 litres per day, higher than the state average of 5.83 litres per day. Similarly Cocoon productivity in Kolar is 900 kg per hectare which is more than the state average of 601 Kg per hectare. The average annual income generated by sericulture in the district is US$ 33.40 million, which is expected to grow by 28% in next 5 years.

Kolar has the biggest solar power unit in India with a 3MW capacity. These new resource exploitations for growth have led this well-connected district to look around for opportunity. The close connectivity to its neighboring states is expected to add impetus for a thriving auto and aerospace sector here. A 600 acre of Industrial Township is earmarked for its development with the state government envisaging an auto zone. The Mahindra Aerospace 4, 10 and 20 seater aircraft manufacturing facility is the first step in this regard.
The 2109.88 acres of the land bank, proposed free trade warehousing zone with huge investments is sure to add potency to growth here. The 5 industrial area and 5 industrial estates cater to 5 large and medium scale industries and the 8138 MSME.
A dedicated apparel zone planned by Suvarna Karnataka Development Corridor coupled with a handloom cluster and readymade garment cluster, along with a dyeing and printing silk cluster in the district adds vibrancy to the sector here.

Land and Soil

Kolar is spread across 3,979 sq km with nearly 39.55% area under cultivation. It holds 28.34% of uncultivated land and 27.53% of remaining land with 4.59% forest cover. The agro climatic conditions favor horticulture cultivation. 2109.88 acres of land is preliminary notified for industrial development here.
The district has natural resource of Granite, Red Sandy Loam, Red Sandy and Mixed Soil

Water Reserves

Transmission to the district is done by BESCOM. Plans to augment power generation are on. The alternate resource development is in focus here with Kolar having a 3 MW solar power unit in Yelasandra – the biggest in India.

Power Supply

Transmission to the district is done by BESCOM. Plans to augment power generation are on. The alternate resource development is in focus here with Kolar having a 3 MW solar power unit in Yelasandra – the biggest in India.

Knowledge Capital

Kolar has a select number of institutions – 1 Dental and 1 Medical College, 2 Engineering College, 12 Polytechnic Institutions, 17 Degree Colleges and 28 ITI’s sum up the key network. Some of the prominent amongst them are C.Byregowda Institute of Technology, Kolar, Dr. T. Thimmaiah Institute of Technology, Nanjamma Teachers Training Institute, Government First Grade Women Degree College, Smt. Danamma Chanabasaviah Institute of Management Studies and the Dental College, KGF. Kolar also has a horticulture college to improve knowledge support to horticultural farmers.

Medical Resources

The civic infrastructure for healthcare is well spread and catered across by 71 Primary healthcare centers and 367 Private Hospitals and 2 Community centers along with 1 Medical Hospital in the district.


Kolar is highly connected across Road, Rail, Air, and Sea. NH4 and 3 state highways SH5, SH96, SH99 pass through the district. Two railway lines pass through the district and 3 International Airports – Bengaluru (Bangalore) Chennai and Kochi Along with Hubballi (Hubli), Belagavi (Belgaum) and Mysuru (Mysore) Airports and 3 seaports – Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karwar & Chennai ensure good accessibility for the region.
Kolar is gaining strong inroads to reflect its Infrastructure Readiness and deliver on projects and investments here. It has an operational Food park at Melur across 87 acres comprising of Commercial Complex, Incubation Centre, Testing Laboratory, Water Treatment Plant and Common Effluent Treatment Plant, Warehousing, Cold Storage and Generators. It has 8 Cold Storages for Potatoes, 2 for Tamarind and 1 multipurpose Cold Storage.
Kolar is one of the nodes identified under Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor which is now waiting for NIMZ approval. Also on the anvil the 1,118 acres Rail Coach Factory Project, on cost-sharing basis of State with Railways.

ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನಾಲಯ
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ಖನಿಜ ಭವನ, ರೇಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ ರಸ್ತೆ,
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