Although the Millennium City is the revenue capital of Haryana, the entrepreneurs here cry foul with industries-related issues finding little space in the speeches of politicians and their manifestos.
As the date for the Lok Sabha elections comes closer, the industrialists and entrepreneurs cite abandonment by the political parties. Apart from relaxing of taxes and improvement in the global image of India as a tourism hub, the CEOs demand inclusion of other issues related to them in the manifesto.
“The country’s image and its tourism sector received a huge blow after the Delhi gang rape which was highlighted in the media around the world. However, the issue has hardly been addressed by any political party,” said David Hopcroft, general manager, Pullman, Gurgaon.
“With the diverse culture of the city and heritage sites at every few kilometres, India should be the tourism hub of the world,” he added. While all believe that leaving out industries will have an impact in the overall performance of any political party, Manu Rikhye, the managing director of Encore Capital Group, claims that “leaving out industries, which provide employment to a huge population, will certainly have an impact on the polls and the economy”.
According to industry experts, the corporate houses and IT-based industries are the two main sectors which contribute immensely to the economy of the city. And, if the treatment of these sectors by the political parties continues as it is, these sectors will pull out their businesses and that will be a major blow to the economy of the city.
Facing the heat due to the lack of infrastructure, the budding entrepreneurs claim that the erratic supply of electricity, decreasing water table and haphazard transport facility have been taking a constant toll on their businesses.
“Owing to unavailability of these three resources, the business operation cost has gone 10% higher than that in other business destinations such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. The industries and business houses of the city have to incur an exorbitant cost on account of self-production of electricity and providing safe transport facilities for the employees” said Amit Daga, MD, www.dealkyahai.com.