Sur­vey to check vi­a­bil­ity of in­dus­trial area phase III

UT ad­min­is­tra­tion to also as­cer­tain the ex­tent of mis­use of in­dus­trial plots in phases I and II

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY - Vinod.ku­mar1@hin­dus­tan­

Vinod Ku­mar CHANDI­GARH: UT ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­ti­ated a sur­vey of Phase I and Phase II of in­dus­trial area to as­cer­tain the health of ex­ist­ing in­dus­try, with an aim to check the vi­a­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing the pro­posed Phase III.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has ear­marked 152 acres for Phase III of in­dus­trial area. The data gath­ered dur­ing the sur­vey would help the ad­min­is­tra­tion arrive at a de­ci­sion on the for de­vel­op­ing the third phase.

A team of es­tate of­fice would carry out the week-long sur­vey, col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion like to­tal num­ber of in­dus­tries, num­ber of sick units, va­cant plots and num­ber of con­ver­sion ap­pli­ca­tions pend­ing with the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The ex­er­cise would also help au­thor­i­ties as­cer­tain the ex­tent of mis­use of in­dus­trial plots.

Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ment, UT fi­nance sec­re­tary VK Singh said the sur­vey would help gather data that would fur­ther be used for tak­ing a pol­icy de­ci­sion. Sources said if the re­sults of the sur­vey were not favourable, the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of third phase would be scrapped.

There was no point in de­vel­op­ing the third phase when a big chunk of plots al­lot­ted in the first two phases were not used for the pur­poses they were in­tended for, pointed out a se­nior UT of­fi­cial.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion had set up Phases I and II dur­ing 1970’s on 147 acres. Plots were orig­i­nally al­lot­ted for set­ting up man­u­fac­tur­ing units but over the years, a large num­ber of al­lot­tees have used the land for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

To put a check on such ac­tiv­i­ties, the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­tro­duced ‘Chandi­garh con­ver­sion of land use of in­dus­trial sites into com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity/ser­vices in in­dus­trial area Phase I and II’ scheme. Af­ter the con­ver­sion pol­icy per­tain­ing to com­mer­cial prop­erty in the in­dus­trial area was im­ple­mented, the area was rechris­tened ‘in­dus­trial and busi­ness park’. Many sick in­dus­trial units gave way to malls and ho­tels.

Chan­der Verma, pres­i­dent of Con­verted Plot Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, claimed that the pro­posed phase would be a boon for small traders, who are func­tion­ing from in­dus­trial area Phases I and II as ten­ants for over two decades.

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