The city of palaces, although the cultural capital of Karnataka, has woken up to the reality that it is not faring well when it comes to industrial growth.
This was taken up recently, at the annual general body meeting of the Mysore Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), after yearlong deliberations and debates over the capacity building in the field of industry in Mysore district.
“We want nothing short of an industrial set up that was established in Bangalore and Mangalore, and Mysore should be promoted at the national and global scale for industrialisation buffered with infrastructure,” president of the MCCI S Sudhakar Shetty said in conversation with dna.
“Industrialisation does not happen automatically, it has to be powered by political will and driven by leadership. I have seen those qualities in chief minister Siddaramiah, and the MCCI has put the ideas into his lap for him to take decisions,” he added.
He stressed on the immediate need to have an industrial development authority for Mysore to propel growth. He said the demands for setting up this authority had been on the shelf for over a decade.
Mysore had the scope and the capacity to be host to the second Electronics City of the state on the lines of the one that is in Bangalore, according to Shetty. MCCI has identified industrial, educational, tourism and service sector opportunities in Mysore he added.
The conclusion arrived at through the proceeding was that the city should have a rapid transit system between Mysore and Bangalore by doubling the existing railway lines and also start work on the proposed bullet train project between the two cities.
Also, the construction of an Outer Ring Road and a few flyovers and underpasses would help in easing the traffic inside the city, as well as on the highways leading to Bangalore, Mangalore, Ootacamund (Ooty), T Narasipur and Mavalli.
The MCCI will also stake its claim to be a part of the proceedings of the Mysore City Corporation, Mysore Urban Development Authority and Zilla Panchayat by suitable amendments.