Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Belgaum Airport New Apron and Runway extension







Thursday, August 12, 2010

Belgum Next Agro produce Destination


Belgaum is soon going to have major fod park comming up within City limits, Some of the palyers on launch mode are http://www.premiummarkets.in 60 Acres investment 110 crore, http://kulkarnifarmfresh.com/ 9 acres and FKL (Govt of Karnataka)44.5 crore on 100 acre land




State invites financial bids for setting up five food parks

Subrahmanyan Viswanath.Deccna Herald


Buttressing the truism Self Help is the Best Help, the State government has taken to development of food parks on its own as well.


With Global Investors Meet round the corner, the move could not have been initiated at a more appropriate moment. While those undertaken under Union Ministry of Food Industries’ initiative have no choice but to languish awaiting Centre’s benevolence, the State government is focusing on five new districts to carry forward its intent in right earnest.

In pursuance of this, the government, through Food Karnataka Limited (FKL), has called for request for proposal and submission of financial bids for setting up food parks in Belgaum, Bijapur, Davangere, Shimoga and Tumkur from prospective private players.

Common infrastructure

Official sources told Deccan Herald that these will form anchors in their respective districts to attract food processing industries to set up shop there. FKL, they said, will be engaged in facilitating acquisition of land. To be undertaken under public-private-partnership (PPP) model, these are to be implemented in two years time with all infrastructure and common facilities in place, they added.

The successful bidder is expected to put up necessary infrastructure and common facilities and market plots to industries engaged in food processing sector, sources said. The developer, they added, will also be responsible for maintenance and management of the park by forming a special purpose vehicle involving all stakeholders.

Furthermore, sources said, the developer/s, will be free to adopt his/their own strategy for pricing of plots, rentals and maintenance charges. The plots, they observed, could either be sold or leased to food processing players.

The Belgaum food park will come up on a 100 acre land, at an estimated cost of Rs 44.70 crore. It will engage in attracting processing activities of various types of fruits, vegetables for products like squashes & syrups, fruit bar, jams and jellies, banana powder, potato flakes & powder, ready-toi-eat curried vegetables, ketch-up and pickles among other items. The Bijapur food park will come up on a 80 acre plot, at an estimated cost of Rs 23.84 crore. It will promote wine production, processing of fruits such as pomegranate, mango, citrus, papaya et al.

The Davengere food park, to be located at Telgi Village, Harappanahalli Taluk, will come up on a 100 acre plot and is aimed rice and maize crops besides banana fruit.

Likewise, the Shimoga facility would come up at Sagane Village Nidhige Hobli, on a 100 acre plot. The cost of the two parks would be around Rs 60 crore and Rs 30 crore respectively. The Shimoga Park would be catering to those interested in processing fruits, vegetables and spices like ginger.

The Tumkur Food Park to be developed at a cost of Rs 60 crore on a 100 acre plot will come up Vasanth Narasarapura, located near National Highway 4 and near the Chennai-Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. It will cater to groundnut, coconut, ginger, gherkin etc.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The New Look of Belgaum by Varun Verma

We are Belgauites Mee Marathi, Naanu Kannadiga, Amche Belgaon , different langauge voices but hearts tune to city we belong and hence read the story coverage by Telegraph Calcutta/ Mrs Varun Verma

Politicians are working up a lather over whether or not Karnataka’s Belgaum should be merged with Maharashtra owing to its substantial Marathi population. But Varuna Verma finds the city indifferent to the controversy

The police lathicharge that happened in Belgaum two weeks ago took Uday Kinjawadekar by complete surprise. There was nothing new about the cops’ use of force. It was just that Uday Kinjawadekar, whose cloth shop is located one street away from Rani Chennamma Circle — where Belgaum’s political action happens — didn’t get a whiff of trouble. “Life went on as usual. I learnt about the lathicharge from television reports,” says Kinjawadekar, who also writes a news blog on Belgaum.

It’s ho-hum time in this North Karnataka town, where language and border have been cropping up as hot-button issues every now and then for the last four decades or so. Once again, Maharashtra politicians have been claiming rights to the region because of its majority Marathi-speaking population. Out of Belgaum’s present population of 9.57 lakh, 3.6 lakh are Marathi-speaking and three lakh are Kannada speaking. But Kinjawadekar feels that the border row is now only a political game. “A few people collect at Rani Chennamma Circle and make some noise. The rest of Belgaum goes about its business,” he says.

The border issue has clearly become a non-issue for the city’s residents. “The border problem blows up once in every five years. It’s like being visited by the flu,” says Nitin Khot, a former economist at the London School of Economics, who is now settled in the city.

In 2008, before the Karnataka assembly polls, the Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies conducted a study on what the people of Belgaum felt about the border row. Only 41 per cent respondents had any knowledge about demands for merging Karnataka’s Marathi-speaking areas with Maharashtra — an indication that the linguistic divide had taken a backseat in the area.

“Three generations of Belgaum residents have wasted their time fighting a language-led war. Now, no one is interested in it,” says Rajiv Toppanov, president of a local political outfit, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV).

The talking point in Belgaum, instead, is its economic and infrastructure growth. The city is an old industrial hub — it has over 200 foundries, hydraulic and crankshaft units. It is within striking distance of three major export outlets — Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa. And, with three universities, seven engineering colleges, two medical colleges and 110 industrial training institutions, it’s an education destination. “Belgaum has industrial, educational and strategic advantages which it is now cashing in on,” believes Toppanov.Belgaum looks like a town in transition. A drive through the city is like sitting through a three-dimensional history lesson. The cantonment in Belgaum — which is home to several defence divisions — is dotted with sprawling, old British bungalows, with red tiled roofs, long drive-ways and gardens. Cross the Camp, as it is locally known, and the time zone suddenly changes. You enter a bustling Indian metropolis — with highrise residential apartments, a glass-facade luxury business hotel, a multi-specialty hospital, a mall and a multiplex.

Ingrid Yadav lives at Lakshmi Tek, a new residential colony being built adjoining the cantonment. Multistorey residential apartments are being frantically constructed on both sides of her cozy, yellow bungalow. Across the road, construction of a school is near completion.

Lakshmi Tek may be the new, happening address in town, but for Yadav it is still synonymous with open fields where she plucked wild flowers as a child. “In the last six years, the fields have vanished and houses have sprung up,” says Yadav, 54, who lives a retired life in her hometown.

There have been other developments as well. The Kapil theatre — where Yadav watched Rock Hudson films as a young girl — is now Nucleus Mall. Big Cinemas is starting a multiplex in it. A local construction company, Belavista, is building Belgaum’s first gated residential complex of row houses.

The information technology industry is also finding a foothold in Belgaum. When R.K. Patil sold his Bangalore-based IT start-up, Smart Yantra, in 2002, he wanted to try something new — not on the technology front but location-wise. “I wanted to work out of a Tier II town,” says Patil, who founded Vayavya Labs —which works in cutting-edge embedded systems technology — in Belgaum in 2004. The company won the Tata NEN Award for one of the hottest new start-ups two years ago. In the last five years, 15 IT companies have set up shop in the city.

Patil believes that Belgaum offers the ecosystem required for a global industry like IT to take off. “The city has a cosmopolitan culture, thanks to a large army presence and a high number of educational institutions. Also, there is a huge professional talent pool,” he explains.

Last year, Patil started an initiative — called ITBelgaum — to help the IT industry take root in the city. “We conduct seminars at local engineering colleges to inform students that IT exists in Belgaum and they don’t have to rush to Bangalore to find jobs,” says Patil. The forum is also asking the local manufacturing industry to use Belgaum-based software firms to cater to their IT needs.

In another part of the city, at the Servo Controls Aerospace office in Udyambag — Belgaum’s industrial area — prototypes of an aircraft wheel, actuators and valves line the conference room table. The company — which started out of a garage in Belgaum in 2002 — made the wheel for HAL’s Saras aircraft, sensors for the Chandrayaan moon mission and supplies valves for Airbus’s A-380 aircraft.

Servo Controls, which has a staff of 180 people, works like any global multinational, claims director Dinesh Dhadoti. “We have flexi-times and a hierarchy-free work environment,” he says.

Aerospace, clearly, looks set to take flight in the city. Aerospace engineering firm Quest Global Inc has built a 262-acre aerospace special economic zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Belgaum. “The SEZ is expected to create 7,000 jobs,” says Basavaraj Sugandhi, manager, administration, Quest. The company already runs two units — with 200 employees — out of the SEZ.

As Belgaum grows, planned infrastructure development is becoming a focus area. Last month, KRV’s Toppanov set up a forum — called Belgaum Next — where any local can become a member and give suggestions on building a better Belgaum. “We are holding a conference next month, where we will discuss issues such as water, power, transport, sanitation and building smart communities,” says Toppanov, adding that the forum has 1,000 members.

Belgaum’s old communities are clearly making space for a new way of life. The 100-year-old MK Swamy Bakery — the oldest in town — is testimony to this. The old-world bakery building — with its red-tiled roof and heavy wooden doors — looks straight out of a book on British history.

But the bakery is a modern-day confectionary connoisseur’s delight — stocking everything from tetra pack milk, brown bread to mozzarella cheese. “In the last 10 years, we have gone from selling 19 items to 216 items,” says Satyan Swamy, the third-generation owner of the bakery.

Like his bread, Belgaum is rising. But not in the way some politicians want it to. The rise is up the ladder of success.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Discriminatory policy of State Government

Aerospace park planned near Bangalore airport
Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009
Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) has acquired land for the proposed 1,000-acre aerospace park to be developed near the international airport at Devanahalli in Bangalore. The park will include an aviation MRO-related activities (maintenance, repair, overhaul) and 250 acre of an export-oriented aerospace SEZ. The SEZ is to be developed by KIADB and is expected to become operational from June 2010.


The above piece of news was in highlights along the launch of India’s first Aerospace SEZ QUEST at Belgaum. There is a loud noise on decongestion of Bangalore, A government committee for regional imbalance, spreading evenly industries across the state. Then Why today such extra announcements? Why can’t an Government Aerospace Park shapes up near Belgaum ? Belagum can have Public sector players such as HAL and NAL. This is utter case of discrimination against Belgaum development rising to competition with in the state; I bet they will sell land at very cheaper rate to attract foreign establishment and the land would remain for long periods vacant, but QUEST is much organized so will thrive up and flourish better.
Belgaum best suits for MRO facilities, the government has already paid the farmers in Sambra and Balekundri for additional 370 acres of land acquired around airport the present Airport is on 450 acres of land, Why not develop MRO at Belgaum The MRO (Maintain Repair Overhaul) just need some additional ware housing some new siding bays and hangers along with additional taxi way. Belgaum Airport is situated out of city the place is already a semi sub urban part with cosmopolitan crowd of Defense establishment and being having good scope of Academic thrust of some new collages coming up in the area.
Present Belgaum Airport

It had happened in past with Belgaum a thriving hub of auto component sector and back bone for Pune auto ancillaries, till date haven’t got an automobile plant or industry though one got sanction was driven away by Greedy MP’s and MLA’s of Dharwad/Hubli what are we waiting for more projects to get eyewash and missed out or driven away.
This is how MRO would be based here

This is how it would look like
Now you all think over How should be the government Policies should be discriminatory like this or prove voice of equality towards the entire state, where are the people/Politicians /Think tanks who calls for fight on injustice to north Karnataka and are mum today, besides have forgotten the support garnered for SWR railway head quarter at Hubli. Is not Belgaum In North Karnataka didn’t we fight then for this cause, though pity we still have not got Dharwad Belgaum rail line and trains to capital city of Bangalore, and Bangalore Mysore line is taken up for doubling.
My anguish is over this attitude of government towards Belgaumites as second class citizen and time has come to ask them to stop this Let me see after reading this, How many voices will be rising , and more importantly Who will hear it, will it go through MPs MLA and Official dignitaries of Belgaum .
Make a difference for living in this society (though bounded by Linguistic territorial boundaries) We do are much dignified, cannot be ignored!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Quest Belgaum and Sambra Airport

QUEST Belgaum Launch Thumps UP ,but Down with Short sighted Belgaum MP’s MLA and the government

It was real good news for Belgaum on Quest launch with headlines in leading news papers, opening window of opportunity for future development of this place, but there are few every opening facts which I believe must shown to the world .

The good thing

1) Quest I going to create 7000 jobs in near future at Belgaum
2) New MNC SABCA Belgium, FARIAN France and Magellan (In fact Magellan is already had started the establishment,
3) Restoration of Air service in next three months

The third point I have some reservation about load factor , it is true we had no much load factor on Bangalore sector but there was enough manageable load on Mumabi Belgaum sector, but still why did government curtailed services and forced to keep Bangalore Belgaum sector open. Why did Belgaum doesn’t get a cross sector flight as that of Hubli , such as Bangalore Mumbai via Belgaum sector, with these kind of load factor shared the airline doest loose income, why two yard sticks for Belgaum and Hubli, my assessment for last four years is Belgaum Mumbai sector load factor was 87% so how can this be low pax sector. Why is state government is more interested in keeping a via Air service in Hubli and not in Belgaum.

The short sightedness of MP’s MLA of Belgaum and state government, on Such a big launch event none of them thought of potential of Belgaum to be one f the MRO (Maintenance Repair Overhauling) base in future, they can still justify the acquiring of 350 acre of land for Airport expansion,


The bad one
Some facts on Belgaum Airport on land acquisition

Some comments from belgaumite called Jagidsh Sheety ( or may be Jagdish setter) (Who this person I don’t know an what he know but the local topography and people) is being lot published on “Why govt acquired fertile land”, let me tell you about this so called place Sambra Airport Area , the farmers are already being selling land to private developers on higher cost (the recent one being Mantri developers) so when it comes to giving to government they start knowing about its fertility , I myself owe three plots on such so called fertile land till date in Balemkundri Pant nagar and Sambra , and out of which I have already constructed a house as well, The factor here is not at all about fertility or loss of livelihood , most of these farmers have very small land holding average of 3 acres per family individual, and selling land for plot development is big bucks then acquiring from government on fixed rate, so the matter is finally about greed .

Some light on Naval Stock and base repair depot , it is much genuine if defense establishment acquire these land , why should on have objection on country security.

Well I just share my thoughts otherwise I still see a ray of growth no matter what the farmers fight for or the politicians fix the rates or private developers vow these village folks with greed lurking out of their mouth,

A developed Belgaum is my entire dream

Friday, September 18, 2009

Generation Self Own Entrepreneurs

The Below story in less no ordinary since it inspires one to be an entrepreneur and how to be on self , well this is what a corporate India is heading to and none the less RK Patil CEO of Belgaum based Vyavya Labs has already taken th lead


BANGALORE: With the wait for jobs getting longer, the number of B-school graduates turning to start-ups is also increasing. A first-year student at
IIM Bangalore launched a start-up called NextGen this year which deals in clean technology. NextGen recently bagged clean technology projects from the ministry of renewable energy and Yes Bank and companies like Intel, Infosys, MindTree, and now boasts of presence in Singapore and Portugal.

“There is a lot of pressure on companies to go green and reduce the carbon footprint. We are now working on a biogas plant based on food wastes to produce fuel. IISc is helping us in this and we are setting up a pilot project in BITS Pilani and on the Intel campus,” said the 22-year-old student. “Although the primary objective is to make money, there is also the need to create sustainable sources of energy for rural areas.”

Eximus, an entrepreneurship summit held in IIM Bangalore which focussed on start-ups this year, saw around 1,500 registrations. Some 300 IIM students applied for business plans and some 25 venture capitalists showed interest to participate. Close to 120 IIM students applied to get live projects from start-ups, said Sabyasachi Senapati, senior co-ordinator, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cell, and an IIM-B student.

Start-ups like 8KMiles are willing to give live projects dealing in cost-effective and secure outsourcing of software done online to prospective entrepreneurs while Justbooks, which promotes e-books, is willing to award projects to understand the impact of digitisation of music and film industry and draw parallels to digitisation of books.

Similarly, projects from Vyavya Labs, headquartered in Belgaum, touch on engineering services and how to take semiconductor and embedded software products to the market in a short time. Lawrence Dale, based in Ooty, offers expertise on ways to optimise real estate space and farms to increase cash flow.


First-year IIM-B student Abhinav Jain, 24, is one of the students attending an interview to get the live project as he wants to launch a start-up in the technology space. “The idea is to understand how start-ups work, know the challenges and how to interact with potential clients,” said Mr Jain. Kanchan Mishra, 24, another first-year IIM-B student is also interested to get hooked to start-ups.

“Students want live projects. Crederety, an identity and credentials verification service start-up incubated in Wharton Business School, will award live projects to students on the market entry strategy for the Indian market,” she said.

“This clearly indicates that there is growing interest in start-ups. The Eximus programme is a students’ initiative,” said A Suryanarayanan, COO, NS Raghavan Centre of Entrepreneurial Learning. “To start an entrepreneurial journey, all you need is an idea,” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, founder and CMD of Biocon said while addressing entrepreneurs at IIM-B.

Sourec http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Friday, August 14, 2009

Belgaum’s growing Technological profile, Why IIT Belgaum still far ?

In the recent past at Belgaum two new Engineering collages took shape, SCET ( Shaikh Collage of Engineering and Technology)of PEST Education Society and SGBT Shri S.G. Balekundri collage of Engineering taking the total number of engineering collages to five in the city The new generation of talent pool is taking shape in the little known city of Belgaum to the real world outside.

The IIT Belgaum demand has submerged somewhere not known Why? Just in wait and what next to happen. The Belgaumites are yet to be awakened, and the sorry state of our elected representatives goes as usual.

The area near Buthramatti is growing more out of an educational township since many collage is housing up here and even the MLA who’s soul had woken up for IIT Belgaum suggested the same area.

Now from here where would we go ? When is the reality of Veer Rani Chanamma University would be taking shape and if so in near future, will it still have the same shabby old building , I though believe there is no derth of architects to design an University in Belgaum with both modern and historic blends to shape it off.

On The VTU as I wrote about its name sake survival in Belgaum before and both the center of excellence of VTU been developed in Mysore and Bangalore, where international collaboration were involved , do we prefer to get the same no-preferential and discriminatory treatment from state government to come in near future , “If NO” then I appeal first the Belgaumites and our elected representatives and finally the State government to stop enough unfair treatment to Belgaum and get on with sanction of IIT at Belgaum immediately, and none the less even relocate the center of excellence back to Belgaum at VTU Premises.