The Delhi Government's recent decision to hand over redevelopment work at 22 industrial estates to private players has been opposed by Delhi Mayor Prof. Rajni Abbi.

According to the Mayor, as per the DMC Act, 1957, the 22 industrial estates are the assets of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Government cannot transfer these to private players for maintenance without the approval of the civic body.

“It is strange that the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) would select the private companies for the purpose,” she added.

“Owing to lack of funds, it has not been possible for us to maintain and provide the required standard of civic services in the 22 industrial estates. If the Delhi Government provides us the funds, we can also develop them.”

These industrial estates are located in Mundka, Libaspur, Mandawali, Shahdara, Naresh Park, Rithala, Hastsal and Swaran Park.

The Mayor said despite the Delhi Government's “discriminatory” polices, the MCD was building up road infrastructure and doing facelift work in industrial estates.

She said the civic body was going to develop road infrastructure and improve maintenance services in the Okhla Industrial Area at a cost of Rs.150 crore and in the Wazirpur Industrial Area at a cost of Rs.60-70 crore.

In the Mayapuri Industrial Area, the works are being taken at a cost of Rs.8 crore and in the Kirti Nagar Industrial Estate, the MCD was going to take up works to the tune of Rs.7 crore, according to Dr. Abbi.

The Delhi Government had decided to redevelop 22 industrial areas in the city as these areas do not have metalled roads and lack civic amenities including water supply, sewerage and drains.

“If the Delhi Government provides us the funds, we can also develop them”