With the plans of developing the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) ground on Chandigarh Road into a convention centre and a five star hotel, the industry fears that it would lose the only exhibition spot.
This exhibition ground has witnessed some of the major shows in the past.
A deal was finalised between the state government and a private company in year 2012-13 that the GLADA ground situated on the outskirts of the city would be developed that would also provide much-needed funds to the authority.
The land in Sector 39 that measures more than five acre is the favorite spot for exhibitions, including auto parts, bicycle and other major industries of Ludhiana.
The land has been given on a lease of 30 years to a private company that would develop it into a convention centre and a five star hotel. The construction has so far not begun at the site, but the company has already submitted the required drawings and other documents with the GLADA.
The convention hall will have a seating capacity of whopping 2,000 seats.
However, so far there are some technical issues, including labour cess that has withheld the construction at the site.
GLADA additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh said the company had already taken the possession of land, and it would start construction after all formalities were completed.
The private company would be required to complete the construction of the project within three years after getting a go ahead from the GLADA. Interestingly, the model would be based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
Singh said the construction would start once the technicalities on labor cess before the construction are completed.
The industry has been asking the state government for provision of an exhibition centre for a long time, so that the visitors could come to the city and place orders for goods. Ludhiana industry including hosiery, bicycle, auto parts and hand tools among others, have to participate in shows in other cities of the country in absence of a proper exhibition centre here.
Knitwear Club chairman Vinod Thapar said, “Government has no stand on providing exhibition centre to Ludhiana. Industry has been demanding that there should be a place where different industries could hold expos and exhibitions since 2000, but so far our pleas have fallen on deaf ears, and now they are allotting the land for construction of a hotel.”
On the other hand, Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organization (FICO) president Gurmeet Singh Kular said there was a need for an exhibition area for the industry, as industry was not able to display its goods properly in absence of a dedicated exhibition centre.