Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation (HSIIDC) is going through a rough patch. The agency, which has been set up to promote industrial infrastructure growth in the state, is reeling under severe crisis, thanks to scores of land acquisition cases and environmental clearance controversies.
However, the HSIIDC authorities dismiss the claim. According to managing director of HSIIDC Rajiv Arora, serious efforts were being made to settle litigations out of court. Also, there are plans to push the stalled projects in anticipation that the court cases would be resolved soon. The proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is one of the major projects on its list but even that also is stuck in court cases.
Talking to HT Arora said, “We are soon going float a special purpose vehicle (SPV) firm for the ambitious exhibition-cum-convention centre project that comes under Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). We plan to float SPV with 50% stake of the Haryana government and Centre each.”
Notwithstanding the tall claims, many projects of the HSIIDC are in limbo. The progress on Industrial Model Township-Manesar is mired in land acquisition row. Of late, the corporation has reduced to a maintenance or regulating agency that looks into plan violations in industrial townships under its fold. There is no scope for further development in the existing industrial townships in Gurgaon – Udyog Vihar and Udyog Vihar Extension.
The ambitious IMT Manesar Extension project spread across 1800 acres alongside the upcoming Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway hit roadblocks with the Supreme Court staying the land acquisition last year after a farmers’ group -- Fertile Land Protection Movement – sought its intervention.
The IMT Extension, to be developed near the Pachgaon Crossing, was to house country’s largest exhibition-cum-convention centre, a rival to Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.
“We will be happy to get back to development work once we get court clearances in the stalled projects. Till then, there is nothing major we can get into apart from being caretakers of the industrial areas under our jurisdiction,” said a senior HSIIDC official.
Besides, the ambitious Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) on Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal stretch of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is also stuck since a part of it fell in the proposed IMT Extension area. HSIIDC officials do not have an answer when asked why the corporation did not conduct the environment impact assessment before taking up projects.“The decisions to acquire land were taken by high level officials in the state and central government,” said the senior HSIIDC official.