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UP Govt taking steps to streamline & impart transparency to industrial land management

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Yogi Adityanath

In a bid to further improve Ease of Doing Business in Uttar Pradesh, the State government is taking significant steps to streamline and impart absolute transparency to the land management and time-bound allotment system in industrial development authorities.

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On the directions of the Minister, Industrial Development of Uttar Pradesh, Satish Mahana, the state government has stipulated strict timelines for allotment of land plots to different categories of investment projects under UP Industrial Investment and Employment Promotion Policy of 2017.

According to the state’s order issued on July 20, land allotment for Mega, Mega Plus and Super Mega industrial units will be fast-tracked to a maximum of 15 days after the receipt of application from the investor or entrepreneur. Moreover, monthly land allotment cycle will be adopted for land allotments, which are made through e-auction; in this case, allotments for applications received up to a specified date will be done by the end of that month. Directions have also been issued for batch-wise land allotment within 15 days after receipt of applications up to a specified date for scheme linked allotments.

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The Minister said, “Uttar Pradesh is getting investment proposals from many multi-national and national investors, especially in focused sectors like defence, aerospace, logistics, warehousing and electronics manufacturing, etc. therefore, having assured availability and allotment of land within defined time-limits is imperative for not only improving ease of doing business but for attracting big-ticket investments into the State”.

“Besides, all major industrial development authorities are working to create robust GIS linked online land bank to enable prospective investors to select the land of their choice online in a transparent manner”, he added.

Elaborating the provisions of the government order, Additional Chief Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development, Alok Kumar said that all key Industrial Development Authorities of the state have been directed to ensure land allotment to investors according to the procedure and timelines fixed for different categories of industrial units.

He explained that in case of Mega, Mega Plus and Super Mega industrial units, the investment would be calculated on the basis of detailed project report (DPR) at the specified norm of minimum Rs 2 crore per acre to ensure that investor does not obtain land more than that is required for the project.

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The directions have been issued to NOIDA, Greater Noida, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), UP State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA), Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA), Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority (GIDA), Satharia Industrial Development Authority (SIDA) and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Integrated Industrial Township Greater Noida Ltd. (DMIC IITGNL).

Informing about the steps being taken to increase the land bank for industrial purposes, Alok Kumar said that industrial development authorities have been advised to organize camps for land purchase through a mutual agreement as well as swapping of land use with industrial use for the land already available, which could be compensated for the original use once the new land is acquired.

Similarly, additional land of the reserved industrial area for a specific industry could be utilized for other industries. Further, industrial authorities have been asked to cancel the allotment of unutilized plots after the prescribed time period. The UPSIDA has been asked to expedite the action on the proposals received for the sale of land of various public undertakings.

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