Proposed construction of over 20,000 dorms for homeless

In his short stint as chairman-cum-managing director of Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) Chetan B Sanghi earned credibility for the organisation by successfully executing several industrial and infrastructure development projects. The DSIIDC has also started four subsidiary companies under his leadership. Excerpts of an interview with Atul Mathur:

The DSIIDC’s prime responsibility is to develop and maintain industrial areas in Delhi. You had announced taking up the maintenance of certain industrial estates on Public Private Partnership basis. What is the latest on this?
Narela and Bawana are the largest industrial estates in Delhi.  These two industrial estates have already been given under the PPP mode for infrastructure upgradation and maintenance of services to private concessionaires for the next 15 years. Work has started on the ground. Next on cards are Patparganj and Okhla industrial areas, which will also be given on PPP in the next three months.

Under the new industrial maintenance act, the MCD was supposed to transfer the maintenance of the industrial estates to DSIIDC which were under its jurisdiction. The DDA was also supposed to transfer the lease management to DSIIDC. Have the issues been sorted out?
The MCD has been directed by the Lieutenant-Governor to hand over the maintenance of industrial estates to us and the MCD has agreed on it too. Similarly, the DDA has also agreed to transfer the lease administration. The taking over of lease administration by DSIIDC is in progress.

The DSIIDC had announced setting up of a Knowledge Park in outer Delhi. When is the work going to start?
The design of Knowledge Park has been approved. The DDA has approved the land use change. MCD is considering the building plans. We hope the work would start by June 2012.

The industries department has recently suggested several changes in the Master Plan of Delhi. What is the rationale behind it?
Service industry in terms of the MSME Act of the Government of India is presently not permitted in the industrial estates of Delhi.  We believe it should be a permissible activity. The transferable development rights, height restrictions of industrial buildings and housing needs of industrial estates should also be integrated with the development of industrial estates. This is what we have recommended to the Government of India and the Delhi Development Authority.

What are the department’s challenges for human resource development?
Our young manpower requires extensive skill-building efforts. That is why we encourage new skill development courses and also promote efforts for proficiency testing in skills through our subsidiary ICSIL.

How are we addressing the need for housing for industrial workers?
We believe that a large majority of migrants, construction and industrial workers need transit accommodation in Delhi. We have submitted proposals for the construction of over 20,000 such dormitory spaces to the Government of India under JNNURM/RAY. This will also help address the issue of homeless people in Delhi.

What are the DSIIDC’s plans for the new year?
Stabilising the activities of the four new subsidiaries set up by DSIIDC in the past year, progress in the work of Multi-Level Manufacturing Hub at Rani Khera, consolidating the IT arm of DSIIDC i.e ICSIL are some of the priority areas for the DSIIDC in 2012.


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