To promote “clean, green and hi-tech industries” that would lead to creation of numerous jobs, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation has envisaged setting up a “Multi-Level Manufacturing Hub” for industries at Mundka-Ranikhera in North-West Delhi which has been reconfigured to provide 30 per cent of the saleable space for housing.
The project would be spread over an area of 147 acres and would support the industrial development as per the industrial policy level framework. It would also provide developed, built, organised and ready-to-use workspaces for manufacturing based light industries and service sector.
As per a DSIIDC report, the project would also play a vital role in industrialisation of Delhi and enhance the skill development of the local population. It would also create employment opportunities for the skilled workforce.
In order to make this project more attractive, the configuration has been revised to provide for about 30 per cent of the saleable area for housing. This is seen as a major move towards addressing the needs of the working force.
While initially about 60 per cent of the nearly 5.95 lakh square metre of the Mundka-Ranikhera project had been kept for industrial use, about 18 per cent was to be utilised for transportation and 10 per cent for recreational purposes, it has been revised as per the latest notification for land use in industrial areas issued by the Delhi Development Authority.
So now, while 50 per cent of the total area would be kept for industrial use, housing and transportation would occupy 16 per cent each, while 8 per cent of the area would be used for recreational purposes.
Similarly, of the saleable area, while earlier 87 per cent was earmarked for industrial use with facilities using up 10 per cent of the space and 3 per cent of the area being set aside for commercial activities, in the revised configuration 30 per cent of the land would be sold for housing while 61 per cent would be kept for industrial use.
This change has been effected despite the project coming up in an area which would have good connectivity. It was felt that providing housing along with the industrial units would save the owners and staff on travel time and transportation costs.
Incidentally, the project site is just about 1.5 km from the Mundka Metro Station, the project would be close to a line being developed under Phase IV of the Delhi Metro project.
On the benefits of this project, a DSIIDC official said it would lead to improvement in manufacturing competitiveness of Delhi and augment performance of industrial units present in the hub. The project would also help Delhi attract investments and ensure development of industrial infrastructure along with support infrastructure.