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
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.