New Delhi: The Delhi Government may soon cancel land allotment to nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs in various city industrial estates for failing to set up factories years after they were given the plots.

The government had extended the deadline for setting up of the industrial units several times and the final deadline had come to an end on Thursday.

The city government had allotted 22,749 plots during 1999 to 2006 to facilitate relocation of industries from residential areas to conforming zones.

In 2007, it was observed that some of the allottees did not take up the construction activities and in order to ensure that the relocated plots are put to proper usage, the government had advised the units concerned to commence operation within a year.

But despite repeated reminders and warnings, no construction activities took place in 8,123 plots till last year.

According to a latest survey by the Industries department, no construction activity has taken place in nearly 2,000 plots and officials said that government was not considering any extension of deadline again.

"All the allottees who have not started any construction activities stand to lose the land," said a senior official of the Delhi government.

Earlier this year, the government had decided to extend the deadline to June 30 to allow the allottees to complete construction of their units and start industrial activities at their respective plots.

"We had already announced that if they fail to start industrial activities within the stipulated time, then the plots will be taken back by the government," an official said.

To help such allottees start construction work, the government had also relaxed norms and asked MCD to sanction building plans without no objection certificates.

Meanwhile, the government's premier infrastructure development agency DSIIDC (Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation) has started the initial process of improving condition of industrial estates
in the city.

Last year, the city government had brought maintenance of all the 29 industrial estates under the control of DSIIDC.

The industrial estates were earlier looked after by MCD and Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

DSIIDC has already decided handing over of maintenance of the four major industrial estates in Bawana, Narela, Okhla and Patparganj to private sector on PPP mode and floated global request for proposal.

The project envisages development of physical infrastructure like roads, water drainage system, street lighting, sewerage treatment plant, solid waste management system and parking.

Officials said that gradually similar projects will be taken up to improve condition at remaining 25 industrial estates.

The selected private partner would be responsible for designing, financing, developing, upgrading, managing, operating and maintaining all infrastructure assets, utilities and facilities in the industrial estates in an integrated manner.

The city has over 1, 30,000 small scale industries and most of them are located in industrial estates or in industrial areas notified by the government.


(Agencies)