After disagreement over infrastructure issues, parking mess and extra development charges (EDC), a fresh tug of war seems imminent between hundreds of industrialists in Udyog Vihar and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation (HSIIDC). And this time, the cause of concern is zoning and floor area ratio (FAR) violations.
HSIIDC has been issuing circulars to industrial units in the area over the past few days to correct zoning and FAR violations within 90 days. However, according to industrialists here, they can't do much about it since these buildings were constructed years ago. At that time, neither the HSIIDC nor the factory owners foresaw that space crunch would be a major issue in Udyog Vihar.
About 1,250 units function here out of 1,862 industrial plots off the Gurgaon Expressway. "We have raised the issue with top HSIIDC officials in Panchkula, including managing director Rajiv Arora. If need be, we will also seek the help of the Punjab and Haryana High Court," said AP Jain, general secretary, Udyog Vihar Industries Association (UVIA).
As per building laws, only 6O% ground coverage is permissible and another 10% is compoundable(regularised against a penalty).
However, most units in Udyog Vihar have exceeded the 70% mark. Over the years, the setback area and open areas in the front and sides have been put to use for essential needs such as a genset and extra toilets for staff. Similarly, there have been violations against the permissible limit of 125% FAR for general industries.
A senior HSIIDC official said, "This increases security threat apart from blocking proper light and ventilation."
He also pointed out that HSIIDC had already increased FAR to as much as 200% for IT and garment export factories to accommodate more workers.
Moreover, while IT units need to have an 18-metre road, garment export units have been exempted from such a rider since most labourers don't have a private vehicle.
"These violations are neither approved nor regularisable. Till the extent of such violations being compoundable, we will accommodate them but beyond that, we will have to work out a solution," said the official who did not rule out the possibility of demolition after proper procedure and giving the industrialists enough time to take corrective measures on their own.
However, to find the best solution, industrialists and the HSIIDC will have to find a middle path, said colonel (retd) Raj Singla of the Gurgaon-Manesar Forum of the Haryana MSME Federation.