The Delhi Government is considering setting up an institute for industries to provide training and guidelines for making the units in the city cleaner and pollution-free.

The concept and vision of the industrial policy too is to make Delhi a global hub for clean, high technology and skilled industries, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said while chairing a meeting of stakeholders for drafting the industrial policy here this past week.

At the meeting, which was also attended by State Industries Minister Haroon Yusuf, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary P. K. Tripathi and Secretary (Industry) Chetan B. Sanghi among others, the Chief Minister said Delhi had 28 planned industrial estates spread over 4,647 acre. In addition, it had four flatted complexes developed and maintained by the Industries Department and the Delhi State Industries and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC).

Nearly 21 industrial estates are under the Delhi Development Authority. A major chunk of existing industrial assets in Delhi are maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi while the rest are maintained by DSIIDC. She said, it can been clearly seen that Delhi suffers from the problem of multiplicity of authority.

Thus, the Chief Minister said, the aim of drafting a new industrial policy was to provide a broad framework to interlink Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) rules with development of industrial estates. It also aims to follow cluster approach for development of new industrial areas, simplification of procedure for grant of clearances for setting up of a new enterprise and online clearances. For the operation and maintenance of the industrial areas, the Chief Minister said her government had already started a parallel action for implementation of the proposed policy on public-private partnership mode and to enact a new law to deal with all issues related to the upkeep of industrial areas. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that the new policy would recognise the changing dynamics of economic activity while accounting for Delhi’s limitations.

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