Dehradun: The formation of Uttarakhand ten years back had ignited hopes of better future for the hill state. But the state has failed to kick off on several fronts, especially the development of basic infrastructure which has left industrial houses in the lurch as they had invested heavily in the state hoping better industrial growth.

While successive governments in Uttarakhand failed to provide better road, electricity and drinking water facilities, the state could not even frame a policy for small, medium and large scale industries in the state.

Chairman of Industries Association of Uttarakhand, Pankaj Gupta said, “For the industrial development of state, infrastructural development is necessary. In its absence, industries can’t stay here for long.”

In absence of a sound industrial policy and infrastructure, even the traditional industries of spices, herbal products and electrical bulb industry are on the path of deterioration.

Industries, at the time of state formation, were hopeful of a spurt in development of new infrastructure projects, but the government could not stand up to their expectations.

Government, for providing electricity to the industries continues to depend on the old power plants that led to huge gap in demand and supply. At present, companies have been facing 70-80 hour power cut in a month, increasing the production loss by 20 percent.
Apart from facing power shortage, the state could not set up any project for better water supply to these industries because of lowering ground water.

Above all, the demand of an expressway from Dehradun to Delhi also fell on deaf ears.



U’khand: Industrial growth a distant dream