District collector takes up industries’ woes
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Urges them to help in state's 100-crore tree plantation programme
District collector Vikas Deshmukh on Wednesday held meetings with industrialists on infrastructure and security concerns. Nearly 250 industry representatives attended the meetings at Hinjewadi IT Park, Autocluster in Chinchwad and Ranjangaon.
Issues of severe traffic congestion, lack of security, gram panchayat tax, road widening, fire fighting systems and the likes were addressed by the collector . "It was an effort to reach out to the industries to find out their problems. We have come out with a short-term and long-term redressal system," said Deshmukh.
The meetings saw in attendance heads of several industrial organisations, industries head as well as officials of MIDC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, district industries and general managers of various companies.
While the Udyog Mitra meetings with the industrial sector — of which the collector is the chairman — is held once every three months, these meetings were conducted to understand the infrastructural issues faced by industries in the district. "There are several issues to deal with. We have received memorandums. All issues will be addressed," said Deshmukh.
With the state deciding to plant 100 crore saplings, Deshmukh urged the industries to chip in by planting trees in their campuses and forest land nearby. "According to the new rules, there is a tripartite agreement for plantation on forest land where the industries can benefit in terms of carbon credits," the collector said. The district administration has identified nearly 5,000 acres of forest land for plantation.
The district administration has urged industries to carry out the project as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). The collector also asked industries to help provide benches for schools.
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