The present communication deals with the Mysore city (figure 1), which is one of the tier II cities in Karnataka, India. Mysore being the cultural capital of India is also a hub of industrial activities and is also called the 2nd capital of Karnataka. This city is one of the most preferred destinations for industries including IT hubs other than Bangalore due to salubrious climate and availability of natural resources (water, etc.). It is a main trading centre of silk and sandalwood. Mysore district is bounded by Mandya to the northeast, Chamrajnagar to the southeast, Kerala state to the south, Kodagu to the west, and Hassan to the north. It has an area of 6,268 km² and a population of 2,651,027 (2001 census). The district lies in the southern Deccan plateau, within the watershed region of Kaveri River, which flows through the northern and eastern parts of the district. To understand the potential urbansiataion (or current sprawl), a 3 km buffer surrounding the city has also been considered for the analysis.
Figure 1. Study Area: Mysore city and 3 km buffer