Manesar Information Technology Park, the much-hyped industrial project of the Haryana government, has cutting edge infrastructure and other facilities.
Still companies have not opted for this park to set up their shops, as 90% of the buildings are lying vacant.
Launched in 2006 under the Campus Development Scheme in Sector 8 of the Industrial Model Township (IMT), the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) allotted big-sized plots (10 acre each) to private developers on the Chinese ‘walk to work model’.
Developers were not only required to construct office spaces but also housing units, market and recreational facilities at a walking distance.
“The absence of social and commercial infrastructure like houses, schools, hospitals has led to a decrease in clientele,” said Gaurav Sheoran of Shapoorji Pallonji, a major construction firm.
Besides, connectivity with Gurgaon and other major towns is a major problem area.
“The issue of connectivity to Gurgaon and elsewhere is a major problem,” said Pravin Dahiya of General Properties.
Navneet Bhatia, associated with Anant Raj developers, who had also built a big facility, claimed to have 25% vacancy.
In the given scenario, Shapoorji Pallonji is even mulling to run a shuttle service to transport employees working at its facility from Huda City Metro station.
According to developers, Sohna Road has emerged a new hub of IT industries. “People would prefer more accessible Sohna Road to Manesar,” added Dahiya.
The main advantage with IT parks such as Whitefield in Bangalore and Hingewadi in Pune is that they are located at the beginning of the respective townships in which they are located. But Manesar IT Park is located almost 6 km inside from IMT Chowk on NH-8. This is also a major drawback.
“Since IT parks were conceptualised at a much later stage, these areas lost on location-based advantage,” said Divya Kamal, HSIIDC estate officer in Manesar.