After its attempt to set up a 25-acre IT park came a cropper, the Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) now intends to develop a multipurpose technology park along the Lucknow-Kanpur highway.
“We recently inked a memorandum of understanding with a private firm to give shape to the project. Besides an IT park, the proposed venture would also include a biotech and electronics manufacturing hub to attract investors,” said a LIDA official. The industrial agency, which had approved the region’s master plan last year, has set aside 21% area for industrial and 13 percent for commercial and mixed land use.
“We have earmarked 50 acres for the proposed park. Land for the project would be acquired by the promoters directly from farmers through mutual negotiations,” the official said adding that the entire process could take two to three years. He said the focus right now was to develop basic infrastructure facilities in the region. “We have scattered land parcels. Hence, we have divided the region into three zones in our master plan,” he said.
The three zones in the notified area have been chalked out on the basis of their land use. LIDA intends to develop townships and multifunctional zones near Lucknow. The region near Nawabganj now renamed Chandra Shekhar Azad bird sanctuary would be developed into a tourism cluster while the area near Unnao has been earmarked for industrial activity and projects.
Web portal launched
Chief secretary Alok Ranjan inaugurated a web portal of the labour department on Friday. He said that this web-portal would foster better understanding between the entrepreneurs and the government and at the same time would also facilitate traders and labourers through online facility. “Entrepreneurs can now communicate their industry related issues online,” he said adding that the state government was committed to creating a conducive environment for investors.
The web service was aimed at facilitating and simplifying cumbersome procedures and hindrances for establishment and operation of industries for the economic growth of the state. This would also encourage entrepreneurs and businesspersons to invest in UP.
Ranjan said that all concerned departments would have to resolve industry and labour issues swiftly with a positive attitude to promote industrial development in the state. He assured the participating entrepreneurs and businesspersons that action would be taken against officials who harass entrepreneurs and are slack in discharging their official duties.