House panel okays UT move not to allow conversion of industrial plots
Much to the dismay of city industrialists, the parliament standing committee on home affairs has endorsed the Chandigarh administration’s decision not to allow conversion of industrial plots allotted on leasehold to freehold ownership.chandigarh Updated: Mar 24, 2014 16:07 IST
Much to the dismay of city industrialists, the parliament standing committee on home affairs has endorsed the Chandigarh administration’s decision not to allow conversion of industrial plots allotted on leasehold to freehold ownership.
The panel, headed by BJP MP Venkaiah Naidu, gave its nod at a recently held meeting that was convened following a representation submitted by a delegation of the joint forum of industries on allowing conversion of leasehold industrial plots. Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is also a member of the committee, was not present in the meeting.
The administration had contended before the panel that since the properties have been leased for 99 years there was no reason for converting a property other than residential that had been allotted on leasehold basis into freehold ownership. The administration told the panel that no move had yet been made to allow conversion of industrial plots.
After deliberating upon the issue, the committee did not find merit in the demand for conversion of industrial plots and endorsed the decision taken by the administration.
According to official records, there are around 2,000 leasehold plots in Phase 1 and 2 of the Industrial Area allotted between 1973 and 1982 with the allotment letters mentioning these plots were transferable after 15 years.
Local industrialists have been at loggerheads with the administration over their demand for conversion of industrial plots from leasehold to freehold ownership.
Issue also becomes a poll plank
With candidates of all the major parties supporting city industrialists the issue has become a poll plank in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
At a meeting with trade associations last week the Congress party, BJP, BSP and AAP candidates extended their support to them over various issues.
When contacted, Pawan Kumar Bansal termed the demand of conversion of leasehold plots to freehold of industrialists as genuine. “I happen to be a member of standing committee on home affairs and also of sub committee on Chandigarh.
When the issue was discussed, I was not present. Later when the sub committee recommendation came to my knowledge I took up the matter with chairman of committee and he had promised to consider my suggestions,” he said.
Adding, if my suggestions have not been considered due to some reasons, I would take up the matter again. Such issues take time, but I am committed to get it done.
Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC) president Arun Mahajan said that they have had enough of the lip service and want concrete steps from their representatives.