The Adityapur industrial area. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The land-starved Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) has launched a survey to identify sick units and defaulters in a bid to retrieve room for fresh applicants to set up shop.
Aiada secretary Shivendra Singh told The Telegraph the month-long survey, which began on Friday, would cover 1,200-odd medium and small-scale units in its 1,500-acre command area.
“We have engaged four industrial extension officers for the survey and asked them to submit a status report on all the units as early as possible so that we can take appropriate action against defaulters who are standing in the way of new entrepreneurs,” he said.
The Aiada secretary said that the surveyors had been told to take down details about production of every unit. In case of sick units, he added, the officers would have to find out if the entrepreneurs concerned were facing problems that could be overcome with Aiada’s support.
“But we have also asked the officers to find out if the owners of ailing units are not serious enough to rescue them and merely retaining their hold on the land with vested interests. Such units will be bracketed as defaulters. We will take necessary steps to evacuate them from the plots allotted by Aiada,” he said.
When asked, Singh pointed out that the owners of sick units would be given a chance to explain their position at a meeting that will be chaired by the Aiada managing director, Kripa Nandan Jha.
Aiada will take legal action against the defaulters only after approval from the managing director, who is also the deputy commissioner of Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
Aiada, a statutory body that functions under the state industries department, provides land to entrepreneurs for setting up units. However, it has not provided any fresh allotment in the past three years due to acute land crisis.
Besides, it is facing the heat to oblige entrepreneurs with over 300 applicants knocking on its door.
The Aiada secretary said the authority had taken steps earlier for reclaiming non-productive land from the Adityapur industrial area, and that a number of cases against defaulters were pending in court.
“This time, the move against sick units, especially defaulters, will be decisive. We will promote the sick units if they are retrievable, but if the entrepreneurs do have any intention to revive them, they will have to part with the plots provided by Aiada,” Singh said.
He added that Aiada would also closely follow pending cases pertaining to non-productive industrial land.
Adityapur Small Industries Association president R.K. Sinha welcomed the survey, but he differed on the proposition of Aiada reclaiming land.
“The proprietors of ailing units that have been functioning for a minimum of three years should be given a year or at least six months to revive business. Since they have added to creation of assets, they should be allowed to transfer the plots to other entrepreneurs,” Sinha added, suggesting the units could profit from transfer of land.
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