Putting pressure on the UT administration, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has sought a detailed action-taken report (ATR) from it on issues related to the city's industry.
The MHA has sought the report in a letter issued to the administration. Earlier, on the basis of a representation submitted by a joint forum of the Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC) and the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI) on November 6, MHA had earlier asked the UT administration to find solutions for addressing the industry's long-pending issues, instead of making its representatives run from pillar to post.
MHA had also pulled up the administration for not having an industrial policy and has asked it to formulate one in line with the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act of 2006. The ministry has sought the administration's reply at the earliest.
The MHA's rap comes close on the heels of a letter by Venkaiah Naidu, chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, on November 28, in which he had asked the joint secretary of the MHA about the status of the long-pending demands of the industrialists of Chandigarh.
Naidu had written the letter after taking note of a representation by the Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC).
Delegation to meet parliamentary committee on home affairs today
Led by local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head Sanjay Tandon, a joint forum of the city industry will on Friday meet Venkaiah Naidu, the chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, in Delhi to take up their issues.
The joint forum has been at loggerheads with the administration over the non-implementation of the MSMED Act, 2006, which the Centre had formulated for the overall growth of enterprises.
The forum has also been expressing displeasure over misuse and violation notices being served to industrial units despite court orders. Recently, the estate office had issued misuse notices of Rs 500 per square yard to around 100 units in the Industrial Area for violating building bylaws.
The other long-pending demands include transfer of leasehold plots to freehold, formulation of new industrial policy, need-based changes and enhancement of floor-area ratio (FAR).
Following recommendations in the draft of the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031, the administration has imposed an embargo on increase of FAR of plots in the industrial area. The recommendation was made to prevent further strain on infrastructure, taking into consideration the shortage of space.
IAC president Arun Mahajan said that they had been forced to approach higher authorities after failing to get a desirable response to what he described as the industry's "genuine demands". "The administration is insensitive towards the industry. As a result, the industry is going through a rough phase," said Mahajan.