Taloja MIDC faces set­back as in­dus­trial town­ship put on hold

OVER­RULED State can’t over­ride pow­ers granted to lo­cal self-gov­ern­ments, says in­dus­tries min­is­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The in­dus­tries in Taloja Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC) re­ceived a ma­jor set­back as state in­dus­tries min­is­ter Subhash De­sai an­nounced that the in­dus­trial town­ships have been put on hold.

On the other hand, he has as­sured the in­dus­tri­al­ists that the gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard to re­solve the wa­ter sup­ply is­sue to the in­dus­tries.

De­sai was at­tend­ing the sil­ver ju­bilee func­tion of Taloja Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion held at CBD Be­la­pur on Wed­nes­day.

“While the state gov­ern­ment is keen on giv­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to the in­dus­tri­al­ists to main­tain and look af­ter their area, we can’t over­ride the pow­ers granted by the Con­sti­tu­tion to the lo­cal self-gov­ern­ments,” said De­sai.

“Since the lo­cal self-gov­ern­ments are not ready to give up th­ese pow­ers, the in­dus­trial town­ship is­sue in the state has come to a halt,” said De­sai on the ex­clu­sion of the Taloja MIDC from Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (PMC) ju­ris­dic­tion. In Au­gust, in­dus­tri­al­ists of Taloja in­dus­trial area had re­quested the state gov­ern­ment to ex­clude their area from be­ing a part of mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

The in­dus­tri­al­ists of the MIDC area have also op­posed the 48-hour wa­ter cut, say­ing it has af­fected their busi­ness. De­sai said, “The en­tire state is fac­ing wa­ter short­age owing to in­ad­e­quate rain­fall. We are look­ing at var­i­ous ways to find a so­lu­tion. We are also work­ing with in­dus­tri­al­ists on the is­sue.”

“Apart from rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, we are also look­ing at re­cy­cling of waste wa­ter that flows through the nul­lah. We are ap­peal­ing to the in­dus­tries to raise in­fra­struc­ture to use it,” said the min­is­ter.

“We want to en­sure that the in­dus­tri­al­ists face lit­tle dif­fi­culty and pres­sure owing to the cut. I am con­fi­dent that we will soon suc­ceed based on the al­ter­na­tives that we are plan­ning,” said De­sai.

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