‘Over 1 lakh persons may lose jobs due to NMRDA’s decision’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2019 10:08:35


Business Bureau,

The NMRDA said that the units have been failing to meet the specifications as per 2012 guidelines

The traders’ wing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) recently said cloud of uncertainty appears to have descended over 1,280 industrial units after the Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) served notices to them.  Highlighting that the the industrial units are not in accordance with the current rules laid for Nagpur Metro Region,  the developmental agency declared them ‘illegal’.

The NMRDA said that the units have been failing to meet the specifications as per 2012 guidelines. It was also claimed  by the NMRDA that approval  from concerned authorities  were not taken. However, President of the NCP’s traders’ wing Swapnil Ahirkar, while taking up the matter with the NMRDA authorities, said that the decision would kill jobs of over 1 lakh persons working in these units. “They will become jobless if the units were closed,” he said adding that most of the industries came into existence well before the formation of NMRDA.

Ahirkar also said that the industrial units were set up in accordance with the then existing laws. Proper space was left and all necessary approvals were obtained. The traders urged the authorities to revoke the new guidelines issued for Nagpur Metro Region.

“Earlier the city limit was just five kilometers. However, with rise in population, city limit was increased to 10 kilometers. In 2017, Nagpur got Metro Region status and the limit was increased to 25 kilometers. Due to this many existing units came under the jurisdiction of NMRDA and now the NMRDA authorities are calling the existing units as illegal. Apart form they are demanding heavy charges in the development charges. It is not feasible for the units,” he told NIT Chairperson Sheetal Ugale.