BJP accuses Sheila Govt. of betraying industrialists

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president Harsh Vardhan has accused the Delhi Government of betraying the industrialists of Delhi by declaring only 16 residential areas in the Capital as conforming industrial areas after promising them that all 23 industrial areas and all residential areas where industrial activity is taking place in over 70 per cent of the premises.

Recalling that a BJP delegation under his leadership had met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on October 18 to demand declaration of all these residential areas as industrial areas by making some relaxations in the rules and that a nine-point memorandum was also submitted to her, Dr. Vardhan said the Chief Minister had personally said then that survey work in 23 areas has been completed and that they are being processed for regularisation.

"But now by declaring only 16 areas as conforming areas," the BJP leader charged, "the Chief Minister has paved the way for uprooting the industries of Delhi." If the units in these areas are uprooted, Dr Vardhan added, lakhs of people would be rendered unemployed, properties and machineries worth hundreds of crores would be rendered useless, and the industrial structure of Delhi would be destroyed.

The BJP leader said Industry Minister Mangat Ram Singhal was now announcing that except the 16 areas which have been declared conforming all the other industrial areas shall be relocated in Bawana, Narela, Jhilmil and Badli industrial areas. But, he said, even after recovering the full price of the plots in Bawana Industrial Area, the Government has not handed over the possession of plots to many of the industrialists.