The Telegraph
Tuesday , August 12 , 2014
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New plan to tap plots for industry

- Eye on unused land with government departments

Unused land with many government agencies would be transferred to the state industries department to be then offered to expecting entrepreneurs and industrialists.

A recent order by the department states that the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (Biada), which deals with allotment of land for industry, would be given the plots. It would then allot it to waiting industrialists. The department would carry out land transfer in coordination with the revenue and land reforms departments.

“The idea has been in the pipeline since last year. It is known that the state has problems related to land availability and the state government has been trying out options to ensure industrialists wanting to invest in the state get land. It has been decided the department would identify plots lying unused with departments and agencies in different districts. Such plots would be transferred to Biada after mutual intra-departmental land transfer. Biada would further allot these plots to investors,” a department official told The Telegraph recently.

“The revenue department has a fair idea about vacant plots in different districts. A particular department might have a huge plot lying unused for years. The same could be true with plots belonging to boards, municipal commissions, authorities etc. The industries department is interested in such plots. The revenue department will provide details on such plots. Acting on it, the industries department would talk to its counterparts and an intra-departmental transfer can take place. The industries department will then transfer the land to Biada, which will allocate it to an investor. Letters regarding the same have been sent to the revenue department,” the official said.

The idea was first thought about last July. Estimates say, the state is sitting on over 10,000 acres of unused land belonging to many departments.

“The state government announced the Private Industrial Area (PIA) Policy, two of which have been approved. Creation of land banks in different districts has been approved in principle, but it will take time. The PIA and intra-departmental land transfer, on the other hand, can be implemented right away,” a source in the department said.

“There are huge tracts of unused land that can be given to waiting investors and the land issue solved to a large extent. The state’s PIA policy has still not found any takers even eight months hence. In such circumstances, land transfer looks like a better idea,” an industrialist said.

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