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"Industrial board'' for Delhi demanded

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Vardhan says it should include industrialists to solve problems related to industries

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief, Harsh Vardhan, has asked the Union Urban Development Minister, Gulam Nabi Azad, and the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, to constitute a "Delhi Industrial Development Board" for regularisation and development of industries in the Capital.

Talking to media persons here, Dr. Vardhan demanded that the Board should also include industrialists so that solution to various problems related to industries could be reached in a time-bound manner. He termed the May 31 notification of the Central Urban Development Ministry as an arbitrary and harsh step that would not be able to solve the problems of illegal industries.

"The latest directives would render 20-lakh workers jobless as over two-lakh industries would be closed. The Ministry has framed very stringent rules and regulations for regularising industries in non-conforming areas which cannot be followed," he said, adding that when the 28 planned industrial areas were in a very bad shape, one could well imagine the condition in unplanned areas.

The Delhi BJP president alleged that in its arbitrary and unscientific survey, the State Government submitted a list to the Urban Development Ministry for regularisation of industries which included only 14 colonies instead of 62 such colonies where industrial activities were being carried out in more than 70 per cent area. "Instead of providing facilities to these colonies, the Government is planning to uproot them and make lakhs of workers jobless," he added.

Alleging that the Ministry's stringent provisions for regularising industries in non-conforming areas were against the interest of industries, Dr. Vardhan said before implementing the new provisions, the Development Board should be constituted and the Government should carry out all redevelopment works in all non-conforming area and provide funds for it.

The arrangements for parking, loading and unloading of goods, pump houses, power sub-stations, fire stations, police posts, green belt and garbage disposal plants should be done by the Delhi Government with the help of the Ministry. A time-bound plan for the development of the residential areas in the non-conforming area with all basic amenities should be implemented by the Centre and the Delhi Government, Dr. Vardhan demanded.

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