Qazigund Industrial Estate coming up on 258 kanal area

SOHAIL PUNJABI

JAMMU: The Industries and Commerce Department has acquired 257 kanals and 19 marlas of propriety land at Vessu Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district to set up the Integrated Industrial Development Centre for entrepreneurs.
The information was shared by the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash, in reply to a Calling Attention Notice from Mohammad Amin Bhat in the Legislative Assembly here.
“Detailed Project Report has been prepared for development of this Industrial Estate,” he said. As per the DPR, he said, the project is estimated to cost Rs 10.18 crore including Rs 2.50 crore for reliable power supply.
The project is designed to carve out about 158 plots to facilitate setting up of the Industrial Units based on polymer, wood, steel, electric, chemical, food, IT and textile, he added.
The Minister said execution of the Civil Works of the projects has been entrusted to J&K SICOP Limited while the Power Development Department would execute the works for power supply.
“The government has so far released Rs 5.66 crore for implementation of the projects. Rs 4.57 crore have been expended on several works of the project,” he added. He said the pace of development has been, however, hampered by presence of trees within the Estate area.
“Auction of these could not materialize due to fixation of high reserved value of the trees by Social Forestry Department Anantnag,” he said, adding that the matter was taken up with authorities. “Now, the Social Forestry Department Anantnag has revalidated the value of non-fruit bearing trees and reserved price has now been fixed at Rs 10.88 lakh plus VAT.”
Auction of the trees will be held soon, he said, and matter will be resolved in order to pave way for finalizing the development of the Estate. The Minister said fencing of the Estate could not complete in view of the legal tussle over delineation of the land.
“As soon as these impediments are overcome and power supply becomes available, the allotment of land and setting up of the production unit will be started,” he said.