The city’s first industrial policy, which was unveiled on Wednesday, speaks about the promotion, investment and development of information technology and its enabled industries in phases I and II of the industrial area along with the facility of industrial warehousing and automobile service stations.
The policy will facilitate the transfer of industrial plots on leasehold to leasehold basis, for which transfer fee will be separately announced by the UT Estate Office before October this year.
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However, the policy also lists a few constraints. For instance, the policy has made it clear that there will not be additional increase in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) allowing the above activities.
Also, while allowing IT services, the administration specifically mentioned in its policy that the existing units can set up IT-based industry, including software and electronics hardware units, but any activity entailing direct customer interface will not be allowed.
Anurag Agarwal, secretary, industries, said people can remotely access the customers but no direct sale/ retailing is allowed here in the industrial area as far as IT services are concerned.
“The new policy does not contradict the Administration’s earlier conversion policy, 2006, that allowed commercial activities in Industrial Area such as offices, shops, point of sales, hotels, hospitals on considerable conversion charges. The entire purpose of the policy is to give new direction to city’s Industrial area and promote it as bub of environment friendly and knowledge-based economic activities, said Agarwal.
The administration has given an exhaustive list under different component of IT-based industries. For instance, under IT hardware units, activities such as manufacturing of computer devices, printer, scanners and related devices, networking products and telecommunication units are allowed.
Under software units, interested entrepreneurs can opt for telecommunication and mobile communication software and application software operating system. Permission is granted for opening outsourcing units including call centres, Audio visual/gaming production studios, web designing and web content development services and much more.
Under the policy, warehousing facility is allowed only for those operating inside industrial Area. “For instance, one can’t store agriculture produce inside the industrial area except those having flour mills there, said Agarwal.
The Administration has legalised the operation of automobile service stations inside industrial area. Currently, there are over 15 automobile dealers who are into retailing as well as running service stations. Now with the policy making it clear that only service stations are allowed, these dealers will have to shift their retailing shops either to vacant converted plots or outside the industrial area
The policy also mentions that for setting up of new enterprises as per new activities, applicants can register themselves under MSMED Act industry department without paying any fee.
The Administration is working on common application form that includes clearance of all importance services for setting up the unit. It includes water/sewer connection, power connection, building plan approval besides TIN number, new licence and so on.
The facility of common application form will be opened from October through single window system and as well as submitting it online also.
The policy was unveiled in the presence of UT Administrator, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev, MP Kirron Kher, Mayor Poonam Sharma and people from industry, who termed it a ‘balanced document’ keeping in mind the city’s basic character.