Cracking up the wheels of progress
From the early 1970ís, Belgaum began developing as an important
centre for the manufacture of heavy machine tools. Foundries and units
producing auto components are to tjis day daunting
the international markets. Autonagar houses 1200 auto
related industrial units making body building autocomponents,
crankshafts and machine tools that act as ancillary units to large scale
enterprises. The Government of India recently approved a Foundry Cluster
Project costing Rs.24.7 Crores to improve
infrastructure coupled with research and development. Booming automobile
industry attracts a great leap in foundry sector of Belgaum
Belgaum is popularly known as the SUGAR BOWL of
Karnataka with over 150000 hectares being utilized for commercial production.
The annual production of sugar amounts to 120,000 quintals with only 95 lakh tones being crushed annually out of 140 lakh tones being grown. There is one mega unit supported by
14 medium and large industries with co generation and distilleries. Many
projects of the sugar genre are in the pipeline.
Belgaum has established itself as an indigenous
axis of the textile sector. Yarn processing, fabric processing, calendaring,
silk reeling, twisting, hosiery, knitted garments and t-shirts form Belgaumís export forte. With over 13610 power looms and 4546
handlooms, the sector behests 54440 employees. For more than five decades now, Belgaum has been known the
world over for its distinct Shahpur sareers. Enormous scope for investments daunts the textile
sector in Belgaum.
Belgaum has a string base of mineral resources
with over 120000 metric tones of aluminum literate, over 40,000 metric tones of
dolomite, over 45000 metric tones of limestone supported by minor mineral
stakes like silica, bauxite, china clay and manganese ore. These huge resources
are yet to explore.
Agro and Food
Belgaum produces over 40,000 tones of mango and
over 43000 tones of bananas every year. More than 13100 tones of grapes are
rolled out annually from a cumulative area of 714 hectares. Over 5600 tones of
citric fruits are cultivated every year from a bed of over 245 acres. There is
a wide scope for units like pulp extraction, food processing and wine packs.