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UP unveils policy to boost MSME townships

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Uttar Pradesh announced its Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) Township Policy 2012 last week, to promote private participation in developing service sector oriented industrial townships.

The Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Auth-ority (UPSIDA) has formulated the policy to boost industrial development in the state, which has over 3 million units, mostly in the unorganised sector.

The policy came two weeks after the state government announced the Infrastructure & Industrial Development Policy 2012.

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  • There are over 3 million Small & Medium Enterprise Township (MSME) units across UP, mostly in the unorganised sector
     
  • Under the MSME Township Policy 2012, MSME townships would be developed in areas notified by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority
     
  • UP State Industrial Development Corporation to invite bids from developers for projects
     
  • Developers to execute work in five years from the date of signing of agreement
     
  • Minimum of 100 acres specified for service, technology and industrial park-based townships; 200 acres for education and logistics park-based townships; 150 acres for medical and health-based townships; 25 acres for tourism-based townships

The MSME Township Policy decision was taken here during the board meeting chaired by Anil K Gupta, state infrastructure and industrial development commissioner.

Under the policy, MSME townships would be developed in UPSIDA-notified areas. The UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) would invite bids from “reputed and experienced” developers for the purpose.

The selected developers would execute internal and external development work in five years from the date of signing of the development agreement.

Manoj Singh, chief executive officer, UPSIDA, said the policy mandates a certain minimum area for developing different types of industrial parks.

A minimum 100 acres has been specified for service, technology and industrial park-based townships, whereas education and logistics park-based townships would have to be set up in at least 200 acres.

Medical and health-based townships would have to be established in a minimum of 150 acres, while 25 acres has been set as the minimum requirement for tourism-based townships.

UPSIDC has also allowed land use change for rehabilitation of sick units. Gupta said this would not only provide an opportunity to sick units to rehabilitate, but generate employment for local youth.

Sick units would be divided in two categories. For units situated in the planned industrial estates approved by the Master Plan, excess land would be utilised as per land use defined in the plan and if any land use change issue is involved, the same would be decided as per rules.

The second category would include sick units functioning before the implementation of the Master Plan and are affected with spot zoning due to non-conforming use. The land use defined Master Plan would be allowed without any fee.

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