DCs of Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam asked to identify land for establishing industrial estates

State administration has directed the deputy commissioners of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam to identify land in their respective districts for setting up industrial estates for entrepreneurs.

As the industrial estates in these districts have already ran out of land, the prospective entrepreneurs who are planning to establish industrial units are forced to set up their units in far-flung estates which cause lot of inconvenience to them.

“Government while keeping in view the present dismal scenario of employment opportunities in the state has decided to earmark land banks in Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam so that entrepreneurs could establish their units which would not only provide employment to them but also create job opportunities,” said a senior Industries and commerce department official.

He said that in this regard a high level meeting chaired by the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan was held recently, in which directions where passed to DCs of these three districts.

According to the minutes of the meeting, DCs have been asked to identify land banks without encumbrances.

“Identification of a suitable land in district Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal for young entrepreneurs. The detailed report together with revenue extracts shall be furnished within two weeks. However, it should be kept in mind that the land so identified should be free from all encumbrances’ and should not be marshy,” read the order of divisional commissioner to DCs of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal.

“Director Industries and Commerce Kashmir informed that identification of suitable land banks in Srinagar, Ganderbal is imperative for young entrepreneurs. And the land identified at Rakh-I-Arth and Wakura is not suitable because it is marshy and will require lot of funds for development, and also it should serve the purpose for which it is to be utilised, which the chair accented,” read the minutes of the meeting.

President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries,  Sheikh Ashiq said that government must expedite the process of identifying land banks for entrepreneurs.

“Kashmir has a lot of talent, young man are willing to toil hard to set up their units.  It is the responsibility of the government to provide them infrastructure facilities,” he said.