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?Industrial regions to come under authority?

INDUSTRIES MINISTER Babulal Gaur today declared that the State Government was planning to take existing industrial regions out of the ambit of local bodies and bring them under an Industrial Authority.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 15:31 IST

INDUSTRIES MINISTER Babulal Gaur today declared that the State Government was planning to take existing industrial regions out of the ambit of local bodies and bring them under an Industrial Authority.

“The onus of providing adequate infrastructure will also fall on these industrial associations,” Gaur told reporters here today. Gaur said at present, industrial areas fall under more than one local body, and hence, the process of collecting revenues such as property tax has become very complex.

He said the Government will make necessary amendments in this context and added that such a system is in place in Maharashtra for the last 30 years. An appropriate decision will soon be taken on the matter.

At present, local bodies collect taxes from industries but do not utilise it to improve infrastructure and instead use funds to pay their employees, the minister said.

The Government has received investment proposals to the tune of Rs 87,000 crores, Gaur informed. The Union Textile Ministry has approved a Rs 29-crore apparel park to be established in Pithampur. The Union Government will provide Rs 17 crore while the State Government will provide the rest.

The Minister during his visit to Pithampur sanctioned Rs 3 crore for improving roads. The Minister also said during his visit to New Delhi, he will talks on Rau-Pithampur railway overbridge with the Union Railway Minister.

Gaur said three to four companies have shown interest in investing in Crystal IT Park. The promoters include Tata and Birla. He said a strategic partner for SEZ should be finalised in next two to three months.

According to a survey conducted by India Business Journal, the State is among the top 10 in terms of industrial investment. With 72 per cent implementation, the State leads other states including Gujarat and Maharashtra, Gaur informed.

The Department of Industry plans to hold fairs in different cities of the State to revive sick industrial units, he said saying the first such fair will be held this month in Gwalior.

The Government, Gaur said, has reduced taxes after introduction of VAT. He warned that this reduction should reflect in prices or else tax concessions will be withdrawn.

Gaur was part of a delegation that visited Japan recently. The MP Laghu Udyog Nigam took part in an international fair held at Tokyo where artifacts made by tribals were displayed.

The State received orders worth Rs 1 crore and in next two to three years the export is expected to touch Rs 10 to 15 crores. The export is expected to generate employment for as many as 5,000 tribals.

Gaur also announced a series of schemes for labourers engaged in construction activity including insurance policy, medical benefits, scholarships for children, etc.

‘Pithampur first priority’
INDUSTRIES MINISTER Babulal Gaur today said development of Pithampur industrial area was the Government’s first priority. The SEZ, auto testing track, and auto cluster project have given international recognition to Pithampur.

Speaking at a function organised by Pithampur Industrial Association, Gaur said the Centre had approved Rs 29-crore apparel park to be established in Pithampur. The Union Government will provide Rs 17 crore while the State Government will provide the rest.

Gaur said Pithampur industrial area will soon be handed over to an industrial authority, which will collect taxes and pay only 25 per cent to local bodies and spend the remaining amount in developing infrastructure for the region. Gaur said in its new industrial policy, the Government will provide subsidy to not only the industry but also to projects like hotels, multiplexes etc.

Gaur also promised construction of an overbridge over Rau-Pithampur railway crossing. In the beginning, association chairman Kedar Bankrah welcomed the guests. Association president Gautam Kothari also addressed the meet.