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Moga's industrial focal point clamours for facilities

Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times  Moga, October 23, 2013
First Published: 20:37 IST(23/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:40 IST(23/10/2013)

The state government may be making big promises to attract investments in state, but the owners of already existing industries are not happy with the facilities being provided to them, at least in Moga's industrial focal point.

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Several industrial units have shut operations and many have shifted to other places due to the lack of amenities here.

Industrial focal points were introduced in 1978 when Parkash Singh Badal was the chief minister and at that time it was promised that industries within the focal points would get the best of facilities.

Gurpiar Singh Brar, a social worker, said, "There is no provision of drinking water and sanitation is far from satisfactory. Heaps of garbage welcome factory owners and their clients on all sides. The industry department has been turning a blind eye to out plight."

Noted industrialist Sohan Singh Saggu said, "I had set up a factory at the focal point ten years ago and we are facing a number of problems lately. I want to expand my business but there is no policy under which I can buy more land here."

"I had set up a factory here in 1980. The main problem is of poor drainage system. In the rainy season, who entire area is inundated and nearly inaccessible. Stray animal menace is other issue. So, I decided to close my unit five years back,"said Harpal Singh Brar, an industrialist.

"Roads were repaired here two years back, but other facilities are lacking. I even wrote to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal regarding the problems of focal point, but to no avail,"said Manjit Singh Mann, former municipal councillor.

When contacted, deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said, "I will depute a senior official for checking the problems industrialists are facing in the focal point area and then I will take up the matter with the government. I hope all problems will be solved soon."

People speak
 
There is no provision of drinking water and sanitation is far from satisfactory. Heaps of garbage welcome factory owners and their clients on all sides, Gurpiar Singh Brar, social worker.

I had set up a factory here 10 years ago and we are facing a number of problems. I want to expand my business but there is no policy under which I can buy more land here. Sohan Singh Saggu, industrialist.

I had set up a factory here in 1980. The main problem is of poor drainage system. In the rainy season, who entire area is inundated and nearly inaccessible, Harpal Singh Brar, industrialist.

Roads were repaired here two years back, but other facilities are lacking. I even wrote to the chief minister and deputy chief minister regarding the problems, but to no avail, Manjit Singh Mann, former councillor.

Official speak

I will soon depute a senior official for checking the problems industrialists are facing and then I will take up the matter with the government, Arshdeep Singh Thind, deputy commissioner.

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