By B S Prabhurajan Mysore, Jun 8 UNI | 2 months ago

Mysore Industries Association (MIA) has urged the state government for intervention to resolve local issues which affecting the growth in the industrial sector and hampering investment in Mysore region.

In a bid to resolve pending issues critical for industries here, the MIA has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to convene the Industrial Adalat, which has not been convened for the last 10 years.

The need of the hour is to shore up infrastructure to attract investors to establish manufacturing units. Though Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed during the Global Investors Meet and locally convened Zonal Investors Meet, neither land nor water has been provided, Suresh Kumar Jain, Secretary of MIA said.

Mysore, which is on the threshold of growth fuelled by the service sector, will stare at a bleak future if there was no matching growth in the manufacturing and industrial sector, said Mr Jain,

He told UNI that industrial investment in Mysore was stagnant due to paucity of land, and though the government decided in 2008 that 140 acres of land belonging to the Revenue Department be transferred to the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), it was yet to take place.

As a result, more than 10 major industrial units that were approved by the State government six years ago are yet to materialise.

Likewise, it was imperative to secure land to facilitate cluster development of industries. Land is required for clusters as they can give a fillip to the development of hundreds of ancillary units and generate jobs, he added.

The Industrial Township Authority mooted in 1988, which was to delink industrial estates from the purview of local bodies, and the Mysore Export Centre was a non-starter.

It has been over 35 years since the industrial estates in Mysore were developed. But there is no land for dumping industrial waste for segregating and recycling it. As a result all industrial wastes are being dumped in open spaces causing pollution, Mr Jain said.

Interestingly, the Chief Minister himself holds the Medium and Large Industries portfolio, but has not convened a single meeting with local industrialists, much to the stakeholders who continue to repose hopes in him.

Aggrieved over the perceived apathy towards issues plaguing industries, the MIA submitted a 12-point charter of demands to the Chief Minister for his intervention last month.

Suresh Kumar Jain, secretary of the MIA, said resolving the issues required intervention of officers of the rank of Principal Secretaries and above in different ministries.

However, without even applying their mind or reading the memorandum, bureaucrats issued a communiqu to the local District Industries Centre to discuss the MIA's demands with the concerned department at the local level and submit a final report, he said.

(Posted on 08-06-2014)