Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced the setting up of an industrial estate on the land of Cement Corporation of India factory which has been lying closed for many years in Charkhi Dadri area in this district.
The land of the factory is being purchased at Rs. 45 lakh per acre, and the state government would get the possession by February 2015, Hooda said addressing a gathering in 'Abhinandan Samaroh' at Charkhi Dadri here.
He said that the industrial estate would provide employment opportunities to local people.
"I am emotionally attached with and indebted to Dadri, and I will make earnest efforts to develop the area," he said.
Responding to demands to make Dadri a district, Hooda said since Assembly elections were approaching, he could not make any announcement in this regard at this stage, but "I promise that if the party wins Dadri and Badra seats, Dadri will be made a district".
Hooda said farmers whose lands had been attached by cooperative banks due to non-payment of loans but still had the possession, could get their land back by clearing the dues.
Those farmers who could not avail the power bill waiver scheme, could take the advantage by paying their dues up to December 31, 2014, he said.
"I will issue instructions to officers in this regard today itself," he said.
Taking on rival party leader Om Prakash Chautala, Hooda said the former Chief Minister claimed to be farmer-friendly, but had "never taken" any farmer-friendly decision.
The Congress government had waived off arrears of electricity bills of farmers amounting to Rs. 1,600 crore, interest of cooperative banks amounting to Rs. 443 crore and crop loans of farmers amounting to Rs. 2,100 crore, he said.
Hooda assured the people that he would bring water from Bhakra for farms in this area through the BML Hansi-Butana canal.