Uttara Kannada

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Nestled in beautiful scenic locales, Uttara Kannada is also home to one of India’s 6 atomic plants and a Greenfield naval base project Seabird. The coastal belt of Uttara Kannada also has one of Karnataka’s largest port Karwar with a capacity of 75000 million tonne liquid storage and 30000 MT warehousing. Government of Karnataka is keen on developing 6 berths under PPP here.
Uttara Kannada is situated in the western coast of Karnataka. It is spread across 10,277 sq. kms comprising of 11 talukas -Ankola, Bhatkal, Haliyal, Honnavar, Karwar, Kumta, Mundgod, Siddapur, Sirsi, Supa and Yallapur. The district has a 77% literacy rate.

Economic Snapshot

Uttara Kannada’s total GDP is INR 62.65 billion contributing 2.1% to state GSDP with the per capita annual income in the district being INR.61, 015. However, the GDDP trend is a strong 7% CAGR from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with the Agriculture and Allied industries emerging at the top with 3% contributions to the state.

Agriculture in Focus

Uttara Kannada devotes 10.41% of its land for cultivation; amongst this cereals and commercial crops occupy 80.42% and 7.93% of the net sown land respectively. It also cultivates Fruits like Mango, Watermelon, Banana, Pineapple and Spices like Pepper & Cardamom. The Plantation crops like Areca nut, Coconut and Cashew nut and growing Kokum, Bamboo species, Karanja, Jatropa, and Simaroba is a thrust area in the region.

Industrial Landscape

Uttara Kannada lends itself to agro and processed food products. Large coastlines with suitable climatic conditions help the Agro and Horticulture products. The rich bio-diversity in the region is ideal for Organic Farming too. There are established processing unit for Cashew, Pineapple, Coconut and Vanilla and high potential for processing of Areca nut, Cocoa, Pepper, Cardamom and other Spice Crops.
The district’s large limestone deposit has led the GoK to propose a set-up of a Special Industrial Zone for Cement here. Uttara Kannada has 4 clusters for handicraft and one more exclusively dedicated to jewellery. The other sectors flourishing here include - the Aromatic and Herbal Processing Industry, Tile, Coir, Engineering and Construction along with Fisheries with 6 cold storages in support of this sector.

Uttara Kannada has 6 Large and Medium scale Industries with aggregated investment INR 4.24 billion along with 9424 small-scale industries with aggregated investment INR 2.36 billion well supported by 8 Industrial Estates and 1 Industrial area. However 2 more Industrial Parks and 3 more Industrial Estates are proposed in different talukas to balance the support infrastructure and meet the growing industrial needs in the region

Land and Soil

Uttara Kannada has varied agro-climatic regions suitable to grow many horticultural crops. Bio-diversity and forest bases can be fully used as organic matters for organic farming in Agriculture. This is easily done as the forest cover in the region is a whopping 75.65%. It has 6.62% of land remaining with it along with 7.31% of uncultivable land and a small 10.41% is used for agriculture.
Uttara Kannada has natural mineral resources like Lime Shell, Silica Sand, Quartz, Building Stone and Ordinary Clay.

Water Reserves

Uttara Kannada has major rivers like Kali, Gangavali, Aghanashani, Sharavathi and Venkatapura and Varadha flowing in the district. These rivers aid irrigation of 16% of the net sown area in the region.
The district has a higher average demand in comparison to its average consumption. The demand and consumption of water in the district including both domestic and industry is 73.87 MLD and 44.37 MLD respectively

Power Supply

HESCOM or Hubballi (Hubli) Electricity Supply Company Limited is in charge of power transmission to the district of Uttara Kannada.
The power generation is widely distributed across major projects including Hydroelectric power project across the Sharavati river with a combined capacity of 1470 MW is operated by KPCL; the other Hydroelectric Power Projects of Supa Dam, Kadra Dam, Kodasalli and Gerusoppa Dam
Uttara Kannada district has two power generating projects that stand in good stead for the region. This includes the 2100 MW Tadadi Gas based Combined Cycle Power Plant in Kumta Taluk, Uttara Kannada District and one of the six atomic power stations in India located at Kaiga which generates 2,231 GW-h of power annually
The district however has an average annual consumption of 17.03 MU for domestic and 1.81 MU of Industrial consumption.

Knowledge Capital

Uttara Kannada has a good spread of higher education centers including 5 MBA Colleges, 30 General Colleges along with 4 Engineering Colleges, 8 Polytechnics and 10 ITI’s. It also has 2 Agriculture College and 1 Indian System of Medical Colleges’ that establish the education sector in the district. The district has 229 public libraries to service knowledge needs of the people.

Medical Resources

The basic civic necessity of good healthcare is well established in Uttara Kannada. The district has 82 Primary healthcare sectors, 66 Private hospitals and Nursing homes, 1 Community Health Center and 13 Government Hospitals along with 16 Indian System of Medicine Hospitals that form an excellent network of healthcare facilities in the region.


The support Infrastructure is well laid out to offer a high degree of connectivity in the region. By road, it has access across 3 National Highways NH17, NH 4A and NH 206 while Railway route length of 176 kms of Konkan railway passes through the district.
Uttara Kannada has connects to 3 International airports and 2 other domestic airports with 3 sea port at Goa Karwar and Mangaluru (Mangalore) to offer comprehensive connectivity to the region.

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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