DELHI: To counter the ongoing slowdown and shore up investor sentiment, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has announced a fast-track allotment programme for ‘special category’ entrepreneurs. Under the new scheme, investors will be able to buy industrial plots literally ‘off the shelf’ in some of the prime HSIIDC townships in Haryana, including the ones in Bawal and Roj Ka Meo.
“The entrepreneurs may come forward and apply for off-the-shelf allotment of industrial plots at any time without waiting for the formal invitation of applications,” said an HSIIDC official.
The industry authority has divided its various townships, which are part of the allotment programme, into three categories.
Category A, where projects to the tune of Rs 30 crore will be commissioned, consists of the IMTs in Faridabad and Roj Ka Meo, and the Industrial Estate Panipat. Category B townships such as Bawal and Rohtak will accommodate smaller projects worth Rs 20 crore or so. And finally, projects in the Rs 10-crore range will be in Category C townships such as Barwala, Manakpur and Narwana.
Some in the industrial community see this relaxed approach to plot allotment as a last-ditch effort on part of the state authorities to revive the evident slump in investment. “Industrialists don’t want to come to Haryana, let alone Gurgaon, mainly due to the anti-industry policies of the state government,” said an industrialist in Udyog Vihar Phase 4.
Small industrialists in Gurgaon, where there’s barely any space remaining for new industrial projects, have been campaigning against the HSIIDC’s estate management norms, deemed ‘draconian’ and ‘self-serving’ by many.