- Industry watch: CM plans strategy, Hindustan Times:
After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chief minister Sheila Dikshit called a meeting of her cabinet … to chalk out strategy to save industries … chief minister wants the government to go slow on the closure of industries… After the meeting, Dikshit met the Solicitor General of India to discuss the stand the state government should take in the Supreme Court… The Delhi government apparently wants the Centre to inform the apex court of its willingness to amend the Master Plan …the Industries Department has prepared a draft of the affidavit to be filed in the Supreme Court. Officials say the affidavit is likely to be filed in the court sometime next week… Three months time for a survey of industries in non-conforming areas… Paucity of land in Delhi to relocate industries… Options to be looked at in NCR…
- Urban Development Ministry for promoting NCR concept, The Hindu1:
The Union Urban Development Ministry is in no mood to offend the Supreme Court on the issue of closure and relocation of industries and is strongly contemplating promoting the concept of creating magnetic townships in the National Capital Region (NCR) to decongest the Capital. …It is learnt that during the meeting with the Chief Minister and officials of the Delhi Government, Mr. Azad is learnt to have made it clear that his Ministry would not go against the court order and file any kind of affidavit that might invite the wrath of the court… Mr. Azad is also unhappy with the manner in which … impression has been sought to be created that everything had to be done by the Union Urban Development Ministry and all the delay or problems were at its end. …Mr. Azad has convened a meeting of the Chief Minister and senior officials of the NCR States …on heels of a submission of a report by a special committee on the promotion of NCR townships and industrial concept. …The Ministry is keen to ensure that not only is the Capital decongested, but economic activities are also diverted to deflect the convergence of migratory population in the Capital every year.
- ”Relocation of industries to accelerate NCR growth”, The Hindu2:
Closure of small and household industries …would accelerate the growth of the National Capital Region and "generate" employment opportunities … This view of town planners and urban experts in the field as also of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) is contrary to the assertion of the political leadership … "Implementation of the Supreme Court order would further the growth of industrial activities in the National Capital Region… This would reduce Delhi's congestion," an official of the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) said… small-scale industries running from residential areas of the Capital were doing roaring business because of cheap power and water… due to this as many as 2,400 acres of developed industrial plots were laying vacant in NCR… "Another 700 acres are being developed…," officials said. …In order to make Delhi a world class city in view of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games… it becomes imperative that all those manufacturing activities … "should not be allowed", said the official referring to the draft NCR Regional Plan-2021. A letter in this regard has been written to the Delhi Government and the Union Urban Development Ministry. …"It is in the interest of the NCR and also these industries to move out of the Capital for proper and balanced development," an official argued.
- 1. Urban Development Ministry for promoting NCR concept, The Hindu
NEW DELHI, SEPT. 16. The Union Urban Development Ministry is in no mood to offend the Supreme Court on the issue of closure and relocation of industries and is strongly contemplating promoting the concept of creating magnetic townships in the National Capital Region (NCR) to decongest the Capital.
http://www.hindu.com/2004/09/17/stories/2004091707730400.htm (Retrieved 1st July, 2013)
- 2. ”Relocation of industries to accelerate NCR growth”, The Hindu
NEW DELHI, SEPT. 16. Closure of small and household industries running from the residential areas of Delhi and their subsequent relocation would accelerate the growth of the National Capital Region and "generate" employment opportunities for lakhs of skilled and unskilled labourers.
http://www.hindu.com/2004/09/17/stories/2004091707720400.htm (Retrieved 1st July, 2013)