The longstanding demand of small-time manufacturers running their units from “mix land” area got a fillip on Friday with Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary, department of industries and commerce, pitching in for their demand.
Following his visit to some of the areas that were declared as mix land areas in the 2008 master plan, Singh said that he personally felt that these areas should be declared as industrial areas.
The September 2008 master plan has declared 72 areas as mixed land, where small industries are operating, despite the efforts of the manufacturers to secure industrial area status theses areas.
Moreover, as per the master plan, the industrial units functioning at the mixed land will have to shift outside the city by 2018. However, owners of the units have been demanding industrial areas status since the implementation of the plan to avoid shifting. They maintained that proportions of industrial units were more than that of residences, thus there was no logic in shifting these units outside the city.
Singh visited some of the mix land areas like Janta Nagar, New Janta Nagar and Dasmesh Nagar to learn about the industrial units functioning there and to listen to the issues faced by the manufacturers there.
While addressing the gathering of industry representatives in the office of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), Singh said the first amendments in the master plan could be done after a gap of five years from its implementation, which falls in September this year, the process for securing industrial area status of such locality could be initiated..
“Following the suggestions from industry representatives, the department of industry will have to submit the proposed amendments to the municipal corporation, which will have to get it cleared by its house. However, the final decision concerning amendments in the master plan will be taken at the meeting chaired by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, Manmohan Singh Ubbi, an industrialist, alleged that despite industry demanding amendments in the master plan for the last five years, there was no progress made in this direction.
Speaking on this occasion, commissioner of the Ludhiana municipal corporation Rakesh Verma talked about amendments in the master plan for accommodating the concerns of industry.
Meanwhile, the industry representatives raised the demand of developing new focal point for expansion of the industry in the city. Industry people demanded that the process of securing approval of the State Approval Committee was troublesome, thus the industry should be exempted from it.