Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda expressed his inability to "help" industrialists at Manesar who were slapped with hiked land fee following a Supreme Court order in 2010.
A delegation of industrialists called on the chief minister on Saturday at his Delhi residence.
The members of Manesar Industries Welfare Association (MIWA) requested him to take a lenient approach in the recovery of the enhancement fee.
The industrialists who received plots from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation (HSIIDC) years ago will have to shell out about R1,300 crore. This money will be given to the farmers from whom the land was acquired to set up Manesar Industrial Model Township.
"We are facing a huge crisis and many of us are struggling for survival. We have suggested to the chief minister that the government could raise a loan at lower rates of interest from anywhere in the world as interest rates are much less in countries like Japan and give us a very long-term repayment scheme," a MIWA spokesperson told HT.
The CM expressed his inability to do away with the enhancement, as it had been ordered by the SC, but he took a sympathetic view and asked the industry representatives for suggestions on how to tide over the situation, said MIWA founder-member Amina Sherwani.