CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced his government’s intention to develop Indore as a ‘model industrial city’ and asked local businessmen, elected representatives and civic agencies to prepare a comprehensive plan that would bring the plan to fruition.
He stressed that monetary restrictions would not be allowed to come in the way of promoting industrial development in the area. The Chief Minister’s remarks came during a public address late on Saturday evening after he dedicated to the public concrete roads built at a cost of Rs 7 crore in the Sanwer industrial area. The roads have been built with fiscal assistance from the Centre.
Earlier, Chouhan laid the foundation stone and performed ‘bhoomi poojan’ for a concrete road connecting Sanwer Road to MR-10. This stretch will be constructed by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and is expected to cost approximately Rs 2 crore.
Commerce and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur, Forest and district in-charge Minister Himmat Kothari and local MP Sumitra Mahajan, credited with arranging fiscal assistance from the Centre for the road project, were among those present on the occasion. Although he was slated to attend PWD Minister, and Sumitra’s archrival, Kailash Vijayvargiya was conspicuously absent.
In his address, Industries Minister Babulal Gaur called for public participation to boost commercial growth. ‘‘If local businessmen pool their resources for commercial development the government will provide all fiscal assistance,’’ he asserted.
Reminiscing about his days as a trade unionist, Gaur rued that the City’s once thriving textile industry had been allowed to become defunct. Thousands of workers were rendered jobless because of the government’s reluctance to bail out troubled manufacturing units.
Under the BJP regime, “Industrial units will no longer be forced to shut down merely because of lack of fiscal assistance,” the Minister promised. Attempts will also be made to identify ailing but not totally sick industries. Once pinpointed the industries could be revived, thus preventing the loss of many jobs, he asserted.
Himmat Kothari stressed the need for promoting industrial growth, but warned that this should not be at the cost of the environment.
Mayor and Sumitra Mahajan protégé Dr Uma Shashi Sharma presided over the programme that witnessed attendance by Indore Development Authority Chairman Madhu Verma, MLAs Mahendra Hardia and Usha Thakur and Vijayvargiya camp follower City BJP president Ramesh Mendola. IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani was a special invitee on the occasion.