Bhopal, Oct 8 (UNI) Thirty years after industries first came up in Mandideep the industrial suburb of the state capital is being compared with leading industrial centres.
Hitherto a sleepy village in Raisen district, Mandideep, which started on an area of 560 acre, is now sprawled across 2,000 acre.
In 1983, Mandideep housed 49 industrial units.
Looking back through history, Mandideep -- situated in close proximity to Bhojpur's Shiva temple -- was surrounded by a big lake since the 10th century.
In the 15th century, Sultan Hussein Shah of Malwa attacked the Bhojpur temple and demolished the Bhojpur dam, which kept releasing water for 30 years. Mandideep village came into existence when the land dried up.
In the last three decades, Mandideep has touched new heights of industrial success.
Initially, the pace of development was slow due to lack of infrastructure. Hindustan Agro-Graphite (HIG) was the first industry to light the lamp of industrialisation in Mandideep.
In the 1980s, several changes helped industrial development. The Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation -- completely aided by the state government -- was formed with the objective of promoting development of industries in this region.
Only 139 farmers were affected during land acquisition for indusrialisation due to ideal process of land selection. About 660 plots were developed for various purposes. Besides, 45 kms of 'pucca' roads and a 42 km-long water supply system were developed.
Mandideep has three sub-stations of 250 MW each at present along with other facilities.
Mandideep houses more than 400 industrial units belonging to reputed companies including that of Proctor and Gamble, HIG, Lupin Laboratories, Taffy Tractors, Godrej Foods, Insulator and Electrical etc. It boasts of a total investment of Rs 4,000 crore.
The industrial area boasts of an export turnover to the tune of Rs 1,700 crore and revenue of Rs 1,400 crore in form of central excise, commercial tax, income-tax, property tax, etc.