An awareness programme on ‘Auto Servicing Cluster’ was held for mechanics at District Industries Centre, CTI Building on Sayyaji Rao Road in city recently.

About 150 mechanics participated in the awareness programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Chandrashekar Doddamani, Dy. Director, Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation (KCTU), Bangalore, said that the Cluster Development Programme (CDP) is to contribute to the overall performance and collective efficiency of the small and medium enterprise clusters for sustainable development by assisting selected local communities of firms and associated institutions in the clusters which entails the implementation of cluster support initiative in selected pilot clusters as well as assistance to central and local institutions in their programmes of cluster modernisation and restructuring.

He further said that Micro and Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme has been launched by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and the KCTU will be a monitoring agency on behalf of the State Government.

Chandrashekar called upon the mechanics to unite and make use of the opportunity provided by the Government.

He said that Rs. 1.25 lakh had been released as the first instalment for the proposed Auto Servicing Cluster unit to prepare a DSR and submit the same for grants.

Muniyappa, Managing Director, KCTU speaking on the occasion, has asked the Auto Nagar Mysore City Motor Mechanics Association (MCMA) to get the land sanctioned by the authorities concerned in order to get grants for purchase of machineries.

Later, B.N. Mahesh Raje Urs, President, MCMA, who spoke to SOM, said that the Government was doing a great job to the mechanics and added that the Association has urged Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) to sanction two acre land in the land earmarked for Auto Nagar on Nanjangud Road for which bhoomi puja was performed in the month of March.

He regretted that despite there being a Government order for the formation of Auto Nagar, nothing has been done so far and the mechanics who have been driven out of city many years ago were sitting with their fingers crossed just hoping that Auto Nagar would be formed one day. But when?, he added.

Urs said that the Association was fighting for the formation of Auto Nagar since 15 years and added that some members who were fighting for the cause had died waiting for it.

Association Vice-President Shajahan, Treasurer Habibulla, Mysore Industries Association (MIA) General Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain and others were present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore