No land for manufacturing units in Delhi, only service sector and professionals welcome: Kejriwal govt's decision on rising pollution
New Delhi/IBNS: As part of its plan to curb pollution in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday that no new manufacturing units will be allowed in the industrial areas of the capital city and land will be provided to service industry and hi-tech industry at cheaper rates.
Pointing out that Delhi's economy is service sector based, he said the decision would benefit sectors such as IT, media, call centres, HR service, BPO, TV video production houses, market research and placement agencies, reported NDTV.
High cost of office property forced professionals like chartered accountants, lawyers and doctors to set up offices in the outskirts, Kejriwal said, adding that they will now be able to get offices in Delhi.
Till now they were included in the 'office' category (in Delhi's master plan) and could open establishments only in commercial areas only, but with the come in the industrial area at a cheaper rate, he said.
"Now, the industries polluting Delhi will end and our industrial areas will become clean and green," the Chief Minister added.
In the last few years, the manufacturing units of several big companies have moved out of Delhi after the National Green Tribunal banned industrial activities in and around the city.
Reports said, at least 3,000 industrial units still manufacture in the national capital contributing to the chunk of smog that covers Delhi every winter. Experts, recently, added that the sharp rise in coronavirus cases could be attributed to extremely high pollution in Delhi.