Telangana government takes back 1,960 acres land from 65 firms | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Cracking the whip on 65 industries for not setting up their units even after land was allotted for free many years ago, the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) has taken back 1,960 acres from them. The government now wants to reallocate the resumed land to industrialists who are ready to set up their units.
The area of the resumed land ranges from one acre to 250 acres. Most of the land resumed was in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits such as Fab City SEZ at Raviryala, Hardware Park at Mamidipally, IT Park in Nanakramguda, Automotive Park, IDA Nacharam, Pashamylaram, Patancheru, Biotech Park at Karkapatla, Adibatla SEZ and IT Park, Madikonda in Warangal.
Officials said action was taken against a unit which was given prime land at Raviryal near Shamshabad airport by then AP government in 2007.
Some of the firms have even approached the court against the TSIIC for cancelling the land allotment.
Industries minister KT Rama Rao, a few months ago, had directed the TSIIC to review allotment of land to the industrialists — case by case — and take back the unutilised land.
While 27,000 acres of land was allotted since inception of the industrial corporation in 1973 to till formation of Telangana in 2014, about 5,000 acres was allotted in the last five years since 2016. “Some 35,000 acres of industrial land is under development in various parts of Hyderabad. Allotment has begun in some areas, while development of infrastructure is in progress,” a TSIIC official said.
In fact, the TSIIC set up an allotment tracking cell to see that the industries kick-start their operations after land allotment within two years unless there is any major problem. Officials recalled that when AP was united, there was no tracking system as some the industries did not start any operations even 10 years after the land was allotted for free to them.
“Such cases are being dealt with seriously. We are adopting a two-pronged strategy for industrial development as the state has been receiving huge investments and there is a great demand for land. The government wants to ensure the allottees (industrialists) start operations and provide employment. Secondly, if they fail to take up any work, the government will not hesitate to resume the land and reallot it for those who are in need of it,” a senior TSIIC official told TOI.
With TSIIC keenly tracking the progress of industrial units after the land allotment, several beneficiaries have started approaching the corporation for extension of time, citing the pandemic. Officials said they received nearly 200 applications in the past few months for extension of time for one to two years.

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