Four months since the Delhi government bestowed special powers on Delhi Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) through an act to maintain and develop the city's industrial areas, the maintenance work has yet to pick up pace.
Reason: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has refused to hand over lease administration and the collection of ground rent and conversion charges to the DSIIDC.
DDA officials said the new act only allows the industry body to 'manage' the industrial areas and there is no specific provision in the act that "takes away lease administration power from the DDA and bestows the same upon DSIIDC".
Senior Delhi government officials, however, argued that the Delhi Industrial Development, Operation and Maintenance Act 2010, which gives powers to the DSIIDC to develop, operate and maintain the industrial areas, has been vetted by the union urban development ministry and gives sweeping powers to the DSIIDC.
"Unless we have control over land earn revenue through ground rent and conversion charges, how can we expect the DSIIDC to maintain and operate these industrial areas which are in such a mess?" said a senior Delhi government official, requesting anonymity.
"The act came into existence only after it was approved by the Centre," the official added.
Officials said there are 29 industrial areas in Delhi, which will now be managed by the DSIIDC. While five industrial areas have been developed and maintained by the DSIIDC currently, the remaining industrial areas have come up on DDA land and were being maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi so far.
A senior DDA official, however, said the ownership of land in Delhi vests with the Centre and a Delhi body cannot have its ownership through a state act.
"Unless some mechanism is develop through which the ownership of the land is transferred to DSIIDC, we cannot give the agency right over lease management, collection of ground rent and conversion of lease into freehold," said a DDA official, requesting anonymity.