With the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday quashing the allotment of 222 industrial plots allotted in 2009 by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) in Industrial Estate Rohtak, the state government faces a complex situation with over 120 industrial units out of the 222 allotted plots having become functional and production getting commenced.
As per a status report submitted by the committee of officers constituted by the high court to assess the financial viability and technical feasibility of applicants, there are 122 plots wherein projects have been implemented and production has commenced while on 75 plots, construction has been completed. There are six plots where 50% construction has been completed and nine plots where 25% construction has been completed.
The committee got a physical inspection of the plots done to know the status. The report also stated that as per the projects costs submitted by the allottees, an investment of about `142 crore has been made in these 122 industrial units currently in production.
ONLY 10 VACANT PLOTS
The committee said there were only 10 vacant plots out of which four have been resumed by HSIIDC following non-payment/non-construction thus leaving only 6 plots.
“Since the allottees had not been restrained at any stage during the pendency of the writ petition from raising construction, 197 allottees out of 222 allottees have either implemented the project and commenced production of have completed the construction of their respective industrial units.
Therefore the committee seeks guidance of the high court if it would be desirable to re-evaluate their eligibility at this belated stage,’’ the committee said in its status report to HC.
The HC in its March 27, 2015 orders also permitted completion of construction by the allottee wherever it was in progress subject to the decision of the writ petition.
As per the terms and conditions of their letter of allotment and subsequent extensions, these allottees were permitted to complete their projects by 2015.
Thus, these 75 allottees were allowed to implement their project by 2015 and in all likelihood many of them are likely to commence their industrial production in near future, the report said.
Since the HC had asked the committee to prepare an objective, transparent and fair criteria to assess the suitability of each applicant, the committee sought clarification from the HC on it. “The government has revised its estate management procedure in May 2015 which is a transparent and objective policy to evaluate the eligibility of applicants. Thus the Committee is of the considered view that it may not be desirable to frame another set of criteria by it to evaluate the applications. Therefore, clarification from HC is solicited,’’ the committee wrote.