AURANGABAD: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has identified as many as 159 idle industrial plots occupying around 100 hectares of land in Aurangabad, Jalna and Beed districts. The corporation has asked the owners of these plots to return the lands allotted to them.
The MIDC decided to act tough as it found that people had taken plots in the industrial area, but failed to take any further steps to set up their planned enterprise. Of the 100 hectares, the corporation has already acquired 33 acres so far.
During his visit to the city in January, state industries minister Subhash Desai had hinted at major changes in industrial policies. He had said that the state government was considering an amendment to the MIDC Act to facilitate better utilisation of industrial plots and take back idle lands. “The Aurangabad regional office of the MIDC has already identified idle industrial plots to the tune of 100 hectares and has decided to act tough against the industrialists, who have not taken any steps to set up their units,” he had said.
An MIDC official told TOI on Monday, “We have identified over 150 plots which have been lying idle in the MIDC areas in Aurangabad district and have slapped notices to their owners. The MIDC has already acquired 33 plots and the process of acquiring other lands is underway.”
“As many as 73 idle industrial units have been issued notices in Aurangabad district, followed by 49 in Jalna and 37 in Beed district,” the official added.
Talking about the scenario in Aurangabad district, he said 12 unused plots have been identified in the Waluj industrial area, of which one has been acquired. While court battle is on against three plot owners, the MIDC is in the process of taking action against the remaining ones.
“Similarly, altogether eight idle plots were identified in the Chikalthana MIDC area. A court case has been filed against one unit and the process of acquiring seven plots is in progress. In case of Shendra industrial belt, as many as 16 idle plots have been recognized of which five have been acquired and a court case has been filed against one. Besides, four units have requested time extension and the process of acquiring 11 plots is on,” the official said.
“Meanwhile, the MIDC has issued notices to 35 industrial units to return lands allotted to them as they are still lying unused. As many as 25 plots have been acquired and the process of acquiring the remaining 10 is in progress,” the official added.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government had asked over 4,000 proposed industrial units in the state to return lands allotted to them as they were still lying unused. The state industries department had started issuing notices to them around 3-4 months ago.
“Till date, we have acquired over 1,200 plots and will get the others back in about 4-6 months,” Desai had told TOI recently.
There are over 1.5 lakh MIDC plots in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Satara, Sangli and Ratnagiri among other places. The plots were given to entrepreneurs to set up their units, but they failed to do so. “Many of them are in the process of getting loans from the banks, while others are setting up their units. After acquiring these plots, the government will redistribute them by inviting tenders,” Desai had said, adding that this time the state government will take a written undertaking that an industry be set up within a stipulated period of time or else it has the right to take back the plot any time.