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Haryana to extend allotment of industrial plots & IT parks
With a view to support industry in the wake of the economic slowdown, the government of Haryana has decided to extend the general industrial plot allotment in industrial estates developed by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC Ltd.) by one year.

While addressing an event organized industry body Assocham chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the state government has also decided to extend the allotment of information technology (IT) parks in different parts of the state for speedy completion of the industrial projects by two years.

“As we pass through challenging times of an economic slowdown, we have decided to allow a general extension of one year for the allottees of industrial plots in industrial estates developed by HSIIDC and for two years to allottees in IT parks at IMT Manesar, Panchkula and Rai for completion of their projects,” said Hooda while inaugurating a conference titled ‘Haryana – Kal, Aaj aur Kal,’ organized by the Assocham.

“As another step to help industry in these difficult times, I have directed HSIIDC that wherever any allottee wants to surrender any plot within next six months, it be allowed without deduction of principal amount deposited by them,” said Hooda as per the statement issued by the Assocham.

“The onus is on government and industry to bring economy back to higher growth path and manufacturing has to be the backbone of our growth strategy,” he added.

The Haryana chief minister further highlighted various challenges being faced by the state like increasing pressures on land use due to rapid urbanization, agriculture, infrastructure development, power, improvement in delivery of citizen services.

“We have to ensure optimal use of limited land resource while balancing its use for different priorities and protecting enough space for agricultural needs,” said Hooda. “We have notified development plans of about 50 towns across the state and it would facilitate planned urban development and provide green belts, wide roads, separate areas of industrial, residential and commercial usage, way for power lines, adequate space for utilities and others.”

The chief minister also conceded that agriculture sector has come under pressure due to declining farm holdings, high input costs, increasing soil salinity, declining water tables together with inefficient post harvest infrastructure thereby making it economically unviable.

“We can address these issues through research and development (R&D) support, crop diversification, better water management techniques like drip irrigation and sprinkler, besides, we have engaged with Israel to adopt best international practices in farming to get maximum productivity,” said Hooda.

“We are laying great focus on development of storage infrastructure like silos, warehouses and cold chains as large quantities of agriculture and horticulture crops get wasted in absence of modern storage and supply chain infrastructure.”

The chief minister also stressed upon the need to strengthen urban civic infrastructure and services while utilizing the private sector efficiencies in service delivery.

On the issue of power demand, The Haryana's CM said, “I have directed the power department to graduate to an IT based system where consumers can avail online application facility as our focus is to provide seamless operations in power supply and ease of getting power connections.”

Highlighting the significance of marginal, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector to spur job creation, the chief minister informed that 29 clusters across Haryana have been identified in various sectors where common facility centres will be developed together with private sector.

He also said there is a need to focus on qualitative aspects of education to be able to compete at national and international level. “We have plans to up-grade health and education sector by involving private sector in development of infrastructure and providing services.”

Sharing about certain other plans of the state government, Hooda said, “To promote religious tourism we plan to build a Tirupati temple, ISKCON temple and Akshardham temple at Kurukshetra.”

He also said that state IT department has planned to establish about 2,500 common services centres in Haryana during next three years to deliver bulk of citizen services in electronic mode. 

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