The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle the development and management of industrial estates under a public-private partnership (PPP) model to augment and develop infrastructure and facilities therein.

Announcing the decision, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who presided over the Cabinet meeting, said the Department of Industries has been keen to upgrade infrastructure in the existing industrial estates and develop a sustainable framework for industrial estate management. In order to achieve this objective, the Delhi Government has sought private sector assistance and expertise in managing infrastructure assets in industrial estates.

There are 29 industrial estates and four flatted factory complexes in Delhi. Of these, 23 have been developed by the Delhi Development Authority and are maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from its own budget, while eight are with the Department of Industries or Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation and are maintained by DSIIDC or the Public Works Department from the budget provided by the Department of Industries.

As for the remaining two estates -- Okhla and Badli – it was stated that they have been developed by the Department of Industries and are being maintained by the MCD. Since various industries’ associations have been demanding that a single agency, namely DSIIDC, should be responsible for lease administration, civic maintenance and improvement of infrastructure because maintenance of industrial estates by different agencies has become an obstacle in uniform development of infrastructure and was causing difficulties to industrial sector, the Government thought of adopting the PPP model.

Ms. Dikshit said the Cabinet had agreed in principle to develop and augment infrastructure in industrial estates under the PPP model. The financial and other details for implementing this model were being worked out. She said the coming in of expertise in the field would go a long way in creation and maintenance of state-of-the-art infrastructure that would be conducive to development and industrial growth.

Based on a study, it was informed that broad categories have been identified for augmentation and development of infrastructure and facilities. The infrastructure that would be provided under the scheme in each industrial estate would include roads, drainage, water supply, waste water, solid waste, parking, horticulture, street-lighting and community facilities such as budget hotels, worker dormitories, convention facilities and civic amenities.

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