NASIK: Industry bodies on Monday sought reduction in land rates from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) at the new industrial estate coming up in the district. They also demanded extension of date for concessional rates by another six months from December-end.
The demand to this effect was pegged from the Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA) & Ambad Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (AIMA) in a meeting of Zilla Udyog Mitra, under the chairmanship of the Resident Deputy Collector Ramdas Khedkar and in the presence of the Joint Director (Industries), Nashik division, Balwant Joshi.
The MIDC is developing additional industrial estate on 500 acres at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori tehsil of the district. The MIDC has already acquired the land and has started infrastructural works there. The MIDC has already announced land rate of Rs 2,300 per sq metre for the first six months up to December 29 for the industries, which buy plots in industrial estate. Thereafter, the land rates are to be increased to Rs 3,000 per sq metre thereafter.
NIMA president Sanjiv Narang said, “The MIDC has introduced concessional rates of Rs 2,300 per sq metre for the first six month and it is ending next month, but the MIDC is yet to commence land allotment. MThe land rates are still costly and not affordable to industries, which are needed to be reduced to Rs 1,500 per sq metre.”
Resident deputy collector Khedkar, who conducted the meeting in the absence of the district collector Deependra Singh Kushwah, said, “The land rates are decided as per the cost of land acquisition. “The MIDC has notified around 5,500 hectares for the industries at various locations in the district and they are in various stages of acquisition.”
He added, “The land, which has been acquired, is to be developed for the industries there.”