300 industrial plots unutilised across Kashmir

More than 300 industrial plots have remained unutilized in Kashmir’s 20 industrial estates managed by J&K State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCO) and J&K Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP).
300 industrial plots unutilised across Kashmir
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More than 300 industrial plots have remained unutilized in Kashmir's 20 industrial estates managed by J&K State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCO) and J&K Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP). 

A senior official of industries and commerce department said in order to retrieve the unutilized land in the IEs, notices are now being served to landholders who have failed to take "effective steps" for establishment of units. 

He said steps will be taken to cancel their provisional registration as well.  

According to records available, the IGC Lassipora has 131 idle industrial plots, which is the highest number in any industrial estate in Kashmir, followed by 114 such plots in IE Khunmoh. 

"Notices have already been issued to some plot holders who have not utilized the land. We will intensify the drive to retrieve all such plots in days to come," the official said. 

"After freeing these plots, any potential entrepreneur can bid for them under rules," he said.

The integrated textile and handicraft park, Zaukra, has 34 unutilised plots, the official said.

A large area of land in various industrial estates is also lying under the occupation of the armed forces, officials said.

"The entire estate at sports complex at Bijbehera is under occupation of security forces since 1989. 

In 2013, the forces partially vacated the estate, but still occupy 25 plots. Moreover, 31 plots are under occupation of sericulture department at this estate," an official said. 

The official said, a proposed project for development of 1008 kanal of land at Ompura industrial estate has seen no progress "due to objection to any construction by Indian Air Force at the place." 

Similarly, industrial estates Kulgam, Sumbal, Bandipora, Baramulla, Sopore are "lying under occupation of security forces," official said. 

However, in some industrial estates, the land stands fully or to a large extent utilised for the industrial purposes. 

"At industrial estate Branwari, Kupwara, 9 units are under process of establishment while as at IE Baghe Ali Mardan Khan all the 120 plots have been fully utilized," the official said.  

However, at Zainakote IE, allocation of 246 kanals of land of the erstwhile Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) factory to a proposed police housing colony and 80 kanal to paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal has proved to be a dampener for industrial development, he added. 

With a focus on industrial development, state government in the recent state budget allocated Rs 400 crore for augmentation of infrastructure including waste disposal in existing and upcoming industrial estates.

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