Postponement poisons industrial adalat in Mysuru
Industrialists in the city are angered by the repeated postponement of Kaigarike Adalat to be held here. Although the original date was changed several times, it was eventually set for November 12 to be postponed again. The code of conduct for the elections came into effect on November 9 when the schedule for voting in the Legislative Council of Local Bodies was announced, forcing the postponement.
The government has announced a number of dates after the election date – slated for December 10 – but there is skepticism that the adalat will be held soon.
Suresh Kumar Jain, general secretary of the Mysuru Industries Association, said a new date was reported in the second week of January, but the association was slow to release it given its experience of announcing the dates to cancel it later. It has been over 10 years since Industrial or Kaigarika Adalat took place in the city and local actors have grievances that have gone unresolved for years. “We were hoping that some of the outstanding grievances would be resolved in the adalat, but unfortunately that has not yet happened,” Jain said.
The last Kaigarike Adalat held in Mysuru dates back to 2011 and since then new issues affecting industrial activity or grievances affecting industries have emerged or have not been resolved by authorities.
The Kaigarike Adalat for the Mysuru region will involve stakeholders from the districts of Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru and Mr. Jain said the bulk of grievances relate to land allocation. “There have been cases where a letter officially acknowledging the award has been issued but the beneficiaries have not been able to take possession of the land for various reasons,” Jain said.
In such cases, when land was taken over by beneficiaries, it was subsequently deemed problematic or inappropriate for the proposed industries. “Although in such cases an exchange is possible, it is subject to the availability of land, which is now the key problem hindering the industrial growth of Mysuru,” Jain added.
The export hub for which local players have fought for decades has also not become functional. It was about giving a boost to manufacturing and export units. It was originally designed in 2010 and civil works began in July 2019. But two years later, work has come to a halt and the pandemic has also contributed. For local entrepreneurs wishing to tap into the international market, the export center was to become a one-stop-shop to complete all export-related formalities. But civil engineering works still need to be completed for the center to start operating.
The pandemic has also acted as a drag on industrial activity in general, but members of the association say momentum was gaining ground and approaching the level of re-COVID-19 activity. This is why they want work on the export center to be speeded up.