Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 16:
The Odisha government has decided to develop the Chandaka Industrial Estate as a model industrial estate having the best possible infrastructure to attract various industries in the state.
Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) CMD Vishal Dev, in a recent meeting, has directed officials to chalk out the infrastructure requirement to develop it a model estate. He has asked them to submit a proposal to the Chief General Manager (P&C) for planning by June 30.
According to a senior official, the model industrial estate would have best possible infrastructure in terms of road, drainage, lights, greenery etc to attract investments into the state.
The meeting also decided that infrastructure in bigger industrial estates including Rourkela, Jagatpur, Baleswar, Jharsuguda and Angul would be improved.
Concerned over severe criticism from different quarters for remaining silent over the non use of land allotted to industries and being misused as godowns or other non-industrial activities for years together, the CMD has directed the regional heads to cancel allotment and resume land in such cases.
It is to be noted that sick industries and unused land in the industrial areas have steadily paved way for housing blocks along with several private professional colleges functioning in the localities, particularly in Chandka Industrial Estate and Mancheswar Industrial Estate.
The land was originally allotted to entrepreneurs for micro, small and medium scale industries but some entrepreneurs have fraudulently sublet the land to third parties.
IDCO had recently conducted a survey of the current status of industries at Mancheswar and Chandaka.
An estimated over 700 acres of land was lying unused in Chandaka alone while 300 acres was lying unused in Mancheswar, said sources.
The land will be brought back from the industrial bodies as per the state cabinet decision, which had amended the Government Land Settlement Act 1962 to take back leased land lying idle three years after possession by the leaseholders.
The then Revenue minister Surya Narayan Patro had said that the government would recover such unused land worth Rs 1 lakh crore in Puri, Khurdha and Jajpur districts alone.