With the passing of a law to regulate industrial development and growth in Delhi, the Capital is set to have much improved industrial infrastructure. The Bill provides for the maintenance of the industrial estates by the Delhi Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC). Commissioner of Industries & CMD, DSIIDC Chetan Sanghi says that there will be a transformation in these areas. Excerpts from an interview:
How will this bill transform the industrial scene in the Capital?
The management of the present industrial estates is quite chaotic in the city due to multiplicity of authorities. There are 29 industrial areas/ estates and four flatted factory complexes in Delhi. These areas have been developed by DDA, DSIIDC, Industrial Co-operative Societies and the Industries Department with the DSIIDC maintaining only four. And, infrastructure is maintained by a different agency. This leads to confusion and poor maintenance.
Now that the DSIIDC has been entrusted with these estates, what changes do you see?
DSIIDC has specialised in maintaining and developing industrial estates and infrastructure over the years. The regime of multiplicity will end and accountability will be fixed with one agency.
What was the urgency in bringing in the Bill?
We have been getting representation from the industries’ association, complaining about poor or lack of infrastructure. These associations have hailed the passing of the Bill.
What are the features of the law?
The Delhi Industrial Development Operation and Maintenance Bill, 2010 provides for securing the orderly establishment in industrial areas and industrial estates of industries in Delhi and to assist in the organisation, operation and maintenance. DSIIDC can to levy service charges to cover its expenses on maintenance of roads, drainage, water supply, etc. and will be made accountable for maintenance. We are creating an Industrial Development, Operation and Maintenance Fund to provide financial support.
How do you plan to overcome apprehensions about the Bill?
All apprehensions are misplaced. Six ministries of the Government have scrutinised and cleared the provisions of the Bill. Moreover, there is no penalty for trade change and subletting. Only if lease conditions are violated, action can be taken. Also there is no arbitrary taking over of vacant plots . Only if plots are not used for 7 or more years, action can be taken. The Home Affairs Ministry carried out inspection of some industrial estates maintained by MCD and DSIIDC to get information about the state of affairs before taking a final view. Natural justice for entrepreneurs is provided in the law and will be amplified in the Rules to be made very soon.