Delhi passes legislation for maintenance of industrial estates
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:32
  
New Delhi: Amid vociferous protest by Opposition BJP, Delhi Assembly today passed a legislation paving the way for handing over maintenance of industrial estates to DSIIDC.

Terming Delhi Industrial Development, Operation and Maintenance Bill, 2010 as a "black bill", BJP MLAs demanded that it be referred to a select committee for further review before it is approved. A Congress MLA also demanded that the Bill be referred to the select committee.

However, the Bill was passed amid anti-government sloganeering by the BJP which tore the papers and threw them in the Well before staging a walkout.

The BJP has been opposing the bill to the hilt as it sees it as a move aimed to curb the power of the MCD since most of the industrial estates in the city are under the BJP-ruled civic agency.

Initiating a discussion on the Bill, Industries Minister Haroon Yusuf said, "the DSIIDC will be the agency of the city government which will be responsible for development and maintenance of infrastructure in all industrial estates including those currently being maintained by the MCD."

However, the Bill was passed amid anti-government sloganeering by the BJP which tore the papers and threw them in the Well before staging a walkout.

The BJP has been opposing the bill to the hilt as it sees it as a move aimed to curb the power of the MCD since most of the industrial estates in the city are under the BJP-ruled civic agency.

Initiating a discussion on the Bill, Industries Minister Haroon Yusuf said, "the DSIIDC will be the agency of the city government which will be responsible for development and maintenance of infrastructure in all industrial estates including those currently being maintained by the MCD."

Participating in the debate, Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra termed it a "black bill" alleging that "it reflects the autocratic attitude of the government as all the powers will go to the DSIIDC."

BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi was of the view that the Bill would promote "Inspector Raj" as it has provisions for regular inspection by government officials. "There is no need to creating this authority to maintain these estates," he said.

Rabindra Bansal, another BJP MLA, said the Bill would encourage corruption and was anti-industry which would adversely impact the capital's industrial growth.

Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma also joined the BJP to protest against the bill and demanded that it should be referred to the select committee as "there were some objectionable sections in it."

Later speaking to reporters, the Minister said the Bill has been framed after several discussions with Home Ministry and accommodating observations of various ministries such as Urban Development and Finance Ministries.

"Besides, all the observations of the MCD too have also been incorporated in the bill," Yusuf added.

According to the government, currently, the basic infrastructure in most of these industrial estates and factory complexes, being maintained by the BJP-ruled MCD, Public Works Department and Co-operative societies, is in deplorable condition.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:32


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