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Following an extensive consultations with stakeholders and city profiling activity, a SWOT analysis for HDMC is presented below:


1. Strategic Location

  • Second largest city in Karnataka with strategic location on Golden Quadrilateral NH-4 (Mumbai Bangalore Industrial Corridor)
  • Gateway to Northern Karnataka, is well connected through road, air, rail & port (Karwar).
  • District HQ and Administrative HQ of many regional organizations - High Court Bench,South Western Railway HQ, North Western Karnataka Road Transport       Corporation,HESCOM, KSHDC, and many Government banks.
  • Ongoing 22 kms of 4-lane BRTS connecting twin cities.

2. Regional Hub for Education

  • HQ of Karnataka University, Agriculture University, SDM Medical, Dental, Engineering colleges, BVB deemed University, Law university, Karnataka Medical       College, IIT & IIIT.
  • Home to Deshpande Foundation – India’s largest skill development centre being built in 2.5 lakh sq.ft. area to be ready by 2018, globally recognized for social,       innovation and entrepreneurship.

3. Business & Commercial hub of North Karnataka :

  • The city acts as a centre of business for surrounding districts of North Karnataka with India’s largest APMC (capacity for agriculture produce – 50,000 tons).

4. Logistics Hub :

  • The State & Central Warehouse in Hubballi has a capacity of 1.56 lakh Tons freight business worth Rs. 4,200 crores annually and road freight business is Rs.       700 crores annually; with state capacity of 1.36 lakhs tons, and Center 20,000 tons storage.

5. Industrial Hub:

  • Manufacturing base with 21 MLME and 23,336 MSME employing 1,24,620 persons, in 7 Industrial areas and 4 industrial estates constituting to 3.8% of LPA.
  • Various Industrial areas Tarihal, Rayapura, Belur etc. developed by KIADB. New acquisition of 3661 acres with strong demand for industrial plots.
  • Known for automobile (Tata motors, TELCON, Tata), auto ancilliary, engineering, valves (4% market share) and metal industry in 7 Industrial areas and 4 industrial estates constituting 3.8% of LPA.
  • Railway workshop, loco shed housing storage facilities for HP, BP & IOC, Milk Dairy and NGEF factory.

6. Software Tech Park (STPI) with 'Incubation Center' designed for startup companies.

  • Accounting for 1/3rd of country's software exports from Karnataka.
  • Aryabhata Tech Park on 23 acres with confirmation from 11 firms.
  • Infosys is developing IT park on 50 acres.

7. Green Initiatives : One among the 3 cities in India with a green growth city tag from World Bank.

  • Part of Solar City Mission including Street lighting (MNRE - GOI) /li>
  • Piped gas supply by GAIL, BRTS Corridor, 24x7 water supply.

8.Cultural Hub :

  • City has highest number of Gnanapeeth awardees and is well known for national and international reputed Hindustani classical musicians. Various       performances are housed in Kala Bhavan, Kannada Bhavan, Town hall, with a total of 11 auditoriums and 8 stadiums in HDMC.


  • Traffic &Transport : Large floating population of around four lakh per day from surrounding region visits city. Unscientific traffic designs – junctions, sidewalks,       bus shelters and internal transportation network is experiencing heavy congestion, which leads to an increase in level of air pollution.
  • Haphazard spatial growth : Core city area of Hubballi getting over-crowded and lacks basic infrastructure for business growth, High volume of street Hawkers ,       Deteriorating Street network and lack of open spaces.
  • City lacks scientific integrated Solid waste Management system, No segregation of waste at source, Presently no scientific treatment and disposal system exists       and hence taken up now under state approved DPR for INR 60.14 Crores.


  • The Creation of six lane road from Pune to Bangalore shall promote intra and interstate business and helps in flourishing of private warehouse facilities. Due        to its strategic location, the opportunities for business and commercial activities are expected to grow further in Hubballi Dharwad.
  • Capitalizing on the existing industrial infrastructure, the twin cities will attract lot of investment to become a top Industrial destination in the North Karnataka       region. Being a home for many prestigious educational institutes and skill development centres, it can provide necessary human resources for high end jobs       like IT, R&D, innovation centres and can also able to produce the skilled manpower to various manufacturing,Logistics, Agro Industries, and commercial       businesses. The creation of BRTS,multi modal transit systems, NMT networks etc. will ease the mobility.
  • Revitalising the area by providing community level public spaces – Squares at prominent intersections, Plazas near Markets, Transit Nodes, creating green       corridors will encourage the mixed land use and thereby healthy living conditions.
  • Hubballi Dharwadis is also recognized as a tourism node by Heritage tourism development in the neighboring towns (Bijapur, Badami, Hampi, etc.) The city is       famous for Hindustani Classical Music and literature with highest number of Gnanapeeth awardees. Established Gangubhai Haangal Gurukul -Hindustani       Musical Foundation by GOK at INR 5.7 crores at Nrupathunga Betta. Established HDMC Culture & Heritage Museum at Dharwad.

By considering all the above growth potential, Hubballi Dharwad grows into an economical, educational and a cultural hub in this region, which prompts the significant increase in urbanization.


  • Land parcels with multiple ownership
  • Increase in private vehicle ownership can negate improvement in public transport and create traffic congestion. 71% of the total vehicles are Two wheeler.       Average ROW is 9.5 m.