The first industrial policy for the city released on Wednesday promises to develop parking areas and ensure water supply from 9am to 6pm in the Industrial Area within the next six months. However, the owners of 2,000 units in the Industrial Area are sceptical of the claims and want action on the ground and a concrete plan to be formulated for the purpose.
Chandigarh Industrial Youth Association president Avi Bhasin says, “It seems inconceivable that the problem of parking can be tackled in six months. At present, it is free-for-all in the area with vehicles parked haphazardly. We want to know the plan the administration has formulated. How will this happen?”
Even elected representatives are not impressed.
Industrial Area Phase 1 councillor Satish Kainth said, “In spite of previous requests to solve the parking issue, nothing was done. Now, the policy mentions it and we hope a plan is ready.”Another industrialist said providing water from 9am to 6pm would also be difficult, but for now most units had been coping with the shortage by constructing underground water tanks and installing motors.
Traders claim that the reality in their area was that the roads were pathetic and whenever they were widened, careless execution of the project meant that the road gullies were blocked, leading to waterlogging.
The area is not even prepared for this monsoon, is a common refrain among the industrialists.
“Sanitation conditions here remain the worst in the city. Basic amenities at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (IT Park) are much better,” an industrialist claimed, on the condition of anonymity.
Industrial Area Phase 2 councillor Davesh Moudgil said, “We have debated the pathetic condition of the area in the municipal corporation House several times. Then the administration paid no heed. Now, suddenly the adviser has assured people that this can be done in six months.”
Interestingly, even as the ‘tall promises’ generate a heated debate, deep resentment prevails among traders of the city against the industrial policy.
“Our long-pending demand of allowing conversion has simply been ignored. The policy has only been of benefit to the hotel industry, the information technology industry and the shopping malls,” industrialist Dalip Bhardwaj claimed.
Sources said small units played an important role in the city’s development, but owners had been left disappointed with the policy.