Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 27:
The Odisha government has issued notices for the cancellation of 53 plots in the Chandaka Industrial area where either the land allotted has not been utilised or has been utilised for non-industrial purposes.
Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco), the nodal agency for land allotment for industrial purpose, has also issued show cause notices against 161 allottees.
According to a senior official of Idco, the nodal agency has found that 44 allottees have utilised the allocated land for non-industrial purpose while four numbers have utilised land for projects which are industrial in nature but different from the original proposal.
“While 63 developers are not doing anything on the allocated land after setting up industries, in 89 cases, the land has fallen vacant and the allottees have neither set up any industries nor utilised the land for any other purpose,” said the senior official.
It is to be noted that the Idco had issued show cause notices to about 250 persons particularly in Mancheswar and Chandaka Industrial estates in Bhubaneswar after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) exposed irregular allotment of plots by the agency.
The Idco is in the process of cancelling the leases against rest of the persons and units for using the land for non- industrial purposes, said the official.
As per a survey, of the 521 industrial plots in Chandaka and Mancheswar industrial estates, hostels were constructed in 20 cases, godowns in 188 cases and hotels were illegally built on two plots. Besides, industrial units were not set up on 144 plots of land allotted for industrial purposes.
However, the CMD of Idco Vishal Dev has indicated that the government may not cancel the land of those who set up manufacturing units and created job opportunities even if such units do not come under the category of industrial enterprise.