On ease of doing business Haryana will rank in the top five: Haryana CM Khattar (IANS Interview)

Chennai, Feb 11 (IANS) Haryana will figure among the top five states on the aspect of ease of doing business in the next round of rankings, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said.

He was here leading a delegation as a part of the road show for the ensuing `Happening Haryana-Global Investors Summit’ to be held in Gurgaon on March 7-8, 2016.

“In the next round of ranking of states Haryana will figure in the top five states on the aspect of ease of doing business. The current 14th rank is the legacy of the previous Congress government,” Khattar told IANS in an interview here.

He said ever since the BJP government has come to power around 15 months back, several procedural issues have been eased for industries.

While the validity period of approvals has been extended, in several cases self certification has been allowed.

Around 310 points of simplification of procedures were identified and 180 of them have been addressed and the balance 130 would be settled soon.

“Now grant of approvals for industries have been brought under one roof. During the past 15 months a total of Rs.1,300 crore worth of investments have been made in the state,” Khattar added.

This number is however expected to jump manifold at the global investors’ summit.

“Already a Chinese group by name Wanda has expressed its interest to invest around $10 billion in the state to set up theme park and other facilities at Karkonda in Sonepat district. Another Chinese group CFLD too has enquired about land availability,” Khattar said.

On spreading out industrial development across the state which is now in few districts, he said Haryana is divided into four zones – A, B, C and D- and the last one is least developed.

“In the case of D-zone change of land use does not need the government’s approval,” he said while adding that the issue is being addressed by the government.

He also said the government has started online services like registration of property, CM Web Portal, e-Stamp, e-Disha Sewa, CM Window, Citizen Portal namely ‘HarSamay’, CM e-Dashboard, BISWAS and e-Biz portal.

To a question about the state having an international airport, he said: “We have asked the central government to have an international airport at Hisar. Bids have been called for hiring the consultants.”

Apart from an international airport, Haryana wants to develop Hisar as a maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) hub for aircraft.

He said the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) will set up four 700 MW atomic power plants in the state.

Expressing satisfaction on the crime rate in the state Khattar said the government is focussing on women’s safety.

Khattar said the state has a land bank of around 10,000 acres and land acquisition is not a problem as farmers are also willing to give their land for industrial use.

On the rationale for declaring information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITES) outfits as public utilities, he said these sectors provide employment to people.

Khattar said the government will soon come out with a new IT policy to develop IT and IT-based industries.

He said a Skill Development University is also being set up in Haryana.

According to him, the government will constitute an Economic Advisory Council, with CEOs and promoters of companies as members.

The Central Government has notified Gurgaon, Manesar, Bawal area and Panchkula as well as Barwala as a Brownfield cluster.

On the development of the road network, he said the Western Peripheral Expressway would be constructed at a cost of Rs 4,115 crore.

The 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway would cost Rs 7,558 crore. The stretch of the 70-km National Highway No.1 of Mukarba Chowk from Delhi to Panipat would be made eight-lane at a cost of Rs 2,129 crore.

Khattar spoke of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for mass rapid transport, under which the Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation has been formed to make the mass rapid project functional.

The state government will also sign a MoU with Indian Railways for setting up a train coach factory.

(Venkatachari Jagannathan can be contacted at v.jagannathan@ians.in)

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