The BIADA office in Balidih, Bokaro. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Bokaro. Jan. 8: In a state where paucity of land is among the prime factors holding back industrial development, Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority has finally started doing what it should have done years ago.
BIADA is now issuing notices to over six companies to vacate land these firms had been holding on to for more than eight years with BMW Corporation Steel Plant Limited being the first recipient of such a notice on Monday.
In its notice, BIADA has pointed out that even though BMW Corporation was allotted 90 acres — in three phases — it did not start operations despite setting up a plant in 2005.
Soon after receiving the notice, BMW Corporation appealed to BIADA for more time, but that was summarily rejected.
A company official, who refused to be named, however, blamed BIADA for the delay, alleging they were denied water and power connections.
“Vacation notices are being issued to all units that have been allotted land but who have not used it so far. BMW Corporation is the first such company. Notices to other companies will follow soon as there are dozens of companies awaiting allotment of land to set up their units,” said Bokaro deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh, who is also BIADA managing director.
Robin Toppo, the secretary of BIADA, said they would be serving notices to half a dozen corporate houses that had taken possession of more than 100 acres of land from BIADA about eight years back, but had failed to fulfil their promise of establishing industrial units.
“These firms are sitting on the land and not paying taxes to BIADA,” he added.
As of now, more 125 companies are waiting to hear from BIADA about their pleas for plots in Bokaro, Giridih and Dhanbad to set up industrial units.
After conducting a thorough survey, BIADA has revealed that as many as 11 companies, including Bokaro Jaypee Cement Plant, Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil, A.M. Steel, Steel Authority of India, Bansal Ltd, Kastron Technology, Patliputra Trust, Bokaro Timber, had encroached upon several acres of land in areas where they had been allotted plots.
BIADA sources said that most companies admitted to possessing land more than what was allotted to them and had even promised to compensate the industrial authority adequately once land measurements were completed accurately.
“I am aware that besides the 11 companies, there are several other companies that have encroached upon BIADA land. Action will be taken against those, too,” Uma Shankar Singh added.