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Nearly 30 units have already started construction activity bringing to life the newly developed Bawana Industrial area. Addressing a press conference here, Hasan Ahmed said the exercise to relocate industrial units was progressing at a satisfactory pace under the able guidance and leadership of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. In all 16,000 plots of 100, 150, 200 and 250 sq meters are being developed at the complex which has employed the latest technology to provide all infrastructure facilities to make it a model industrial estate.
Ahmed said after the relocation of the industries is completed, one lakh people would get employment. The project is expected to cost Rs. 1,000 crores and would be linked by Metro Rail and other transport means to provide good linkages. Stating that a Rajiv Gandhi Housing Complex would also be built for the labour class in a 28-acre area around the complex having 3,000 housing units, Mr. Ahmed said that would prevent mushrooming of slum clusters around the industrial area.
The DSIDC Chairman said relocation of the industrial units was a big achievement of DSIDC and it had gone ahead with its job in a completely professional manner. He said the relocation would pick up in a big way after the expiry of the December 31 Supreme Court deadline to cut power and water connections to all those industries operating in non-conforming areas. He said for the facility of the labour class and to avoid any kind of congestion in the future, it had been decided to have independent cycle tracks in the entire area. This would go a long way in reducing the accidents. A total of 143 km of road network, 144 km of water supply line, 140 km of waste water line and 270 km of storm water drains have been laid in the industrial area.
He said that work for construction of a Combined Effluent Treatment Plant has also commenced with a view to check water pollution. In order to ensure a proper green cover in the entire area, 1.5 lakh trees and shrubs would be planted. In addition to this, around 1,500 trees have been transplanted under a new experiment. It has also been planned to construct at least 71 parks to ensure proper space for people to spend their time and relax. To meet the water requirements, five tube wells have already been bored to make available one MGD of water. The Delhi Jal Board has made available another 1.5 MGD of water.
Mr. Ahmed said the progress of work had been possible due to the support extended by the Chief Minister who has been personally monitoring the situation and take constant reviews. At the same time, he also appealed to the Delhi BJP president, Madan Lal Khurana, not to politicise the matter and instead help the authorities in relocation exercise.
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