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Famous for the very first hydroelectricity project in India, Mandya has a rich legacy of prominent personalities overlooking its growth and progress. The oldest sugar factory on its soil has won Mandya, a proposed food processing and sugar zone by the Government of Karnataka; it ranks third in sericulture across the state with 40000 sericulturists vying to add technology edge to their produce.
The district is spread across 7 talukas – K.R. Pet, Maddur, Malavalli, Mandya, Nagamangala, Srirangapatna and Pandavapura. It has a literacy rate of 70.40%

Economic Snapshot

Mandya’s total GDP is a solid INR 58.48 billion contributing 2% to state GSDP. It’s per capita annual income in the district being INR.46, 049. However, the GDDP trend remains steady at 6.5% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with the Agriculture and allied sector delivering the highest contribution of 4.3% to the state.

Agriculture in Focus

Agriculture is a focus area in Mandya, with Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Food Processing Sector driving the segment here. It has total 33.91% net sown land cultivating Cereals like Ragi, Paddy, Maize, Jowar which forms the major share with 45.71% of the net sown land. Commercial crops like Sugarcane, Coconut, Areca nut and Pulses like Cowpea, Green gram, Red gram, Tur form a good second and third share in the cropping pattern. Oilseeds - Groundnut , Sesamum, Castor, Soybean, Spices - Tamarind, coriander, ginger, turmeric, Vegetables - Tomato, Brinjal, Bhendi, Green chilies, beans, Flower - Jasmine, Crossandra, Chrysanthemum, Marigold and Fruits - Banana, Mango, guava, Sapota and Amla

Industrial Landscape

Mandya is an emerging hub for Agro and food processing industries. It has the oldest sugar factory in Karnataka, with a crushing capacity of 5,000 tons of cane per day and contributes to the annual production of 26, 00,000 metric tons of sugar and 10, 00,000 metric tons of jaggery. 35 rice mills, 4 sugar factories and a cluster of jaggery making units in Mandya constitute the main industrial SSI sector.
Mandya ranks 3rd in Karnataka for its Sericulture produce. The 40,000 sericulturist well supported by 22 technical centers work on 24,000 Hectares of mulberry cultivation to develop sericulture with a technology advantage in the region offer huge scope for expanding of the area under bivoltine and introducing modern and automatic reeling units here
A handloom cluster is well formed and has a strengthened ecosystem with the presence of textile majors like Welspun, Gokaldas, Shahi Exports and more.
15 Large and Medium scale Industries with aggregated investment of INR 30.0267 billion and 3,689 MSME industries with aggregated investment INR 1.6046 billion are well served by 4 industrial areas and 6 industrial estates in the region. The district is engaged in cluster activity across sectors like Rice Mills, Agriculture Implements, Power looms and Packaging. There are 2 clusters of metal ware and metal images activity in Nagamangala Taluk too.
Special Zone industries like-Aromatic, Ayurveda medicines, Tools and Dies, filament for bulbs, Hi-tech bus body building, conveyor belt, coconut tetra packing are also operational.
The temple town has a regular stream of visitors round the year with the landscape adding to the draw of crowds is also a key contributor to the economy of the region.

Land and Soil

Mandya has a land utilization of 33.91% for agriculture, holding 27.53% of uncultivated land and 4.26% forest cover along with 34.29% remaining land. The district has a uniform agro climatic zone conditions – Southern Dry Climatic Zone.
The mineral reserves in the district are distinct with Granite, Building Stone, Sand, Quartz, Felsite, Ornamental Stone (CBM) amongst others.

Water Reserves

Kolar has only a seasonal river in the district - Palar which flows across it. The Palar Basin has witnessed a networking of tanks to restore the alarming drops in ground water levels here. Immediate measures are also planned to improve the water table in the region.

Power Supply

Cauvery, Hemavathi, Shimsha, Lokapavani, Veeravaishnavi, and Paschimavahini are the six major rivers in the district. Two major reservoirs Krishnaraja Sagar and Hemavathi aid the district to irrigate 48% of its cultivated land.
The total water supply in the district is 21 MLD and per capita supply stands at 135 LPCD. The average demand in the district for Industry is 2.75 Lakh litres/day and Domestic needs are 165 LPCD; however it matches the average consumption in the district with Industry consumption at 2.75 Lakh litres/day and Domestic at 135 LPCD a little lower than the need.

Knowledge Capital

Mandya power transmission is done by Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (CESC).
However it has various avenues of power including Mandagere Hydel Scheme is a 3.5 MW power station located downstream of Gorur dam across River Hemavathy in K.R.Pet Taluk of Mandya district.
Hydro-Electric power project at Shivanasamudram, the first hydroelectric power project in India established in 1902, and the Hydro-Electric power project at Shimsha established in 1940, generates about 42 Megawatts (6x3+4x6MW) electric power and 17.2 MW (2x8.6MW) electric power respectively.
Keelara power Pvt. Ltd., Hydroelectric power project at Keelara, Mandya Taluk is commissioned and functioning with 2 MW capacity while the Malavalli Power Plant Private Limited which is an Agri based project has a generating capacity of 4.5MW

Medical Resources

The healthcare facilities at Mandya are well set with 385 Private Hospitals forming the largest chunk of the infrastructure. 114 Primary Healthcare Centers, 14 Allopathic Hospitals, 4 Ayurveda Hospitals and 7 Community Healthcare Centers form a splendid support system to anchor the healthcare services in the district here.


The support infrastructure connects the district very well across 2 National Highways NH 48 and NH 209 with 73 kms of NH road length and 467 of SH road length pass through the district. 97 kms of railway line with 15 railway stations connects it major cities easily. It has high accessibility on Air with 3 International and 2 Domestic airports while the Kochi, Chennai, Karwar and Goa Port aid connectivity across sea.

Additional project

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

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