Delhi govt outs new industrial policy, plans special hubs

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the new industrial policy the first in 27 years.

The policy promises to revolutionise Delhi's industrial scene as it identifies education, fashion designing, financial services and IT as industries. Separate hi-tech hubs for these service industries are being planned and the government's role will include allotting land and providing infrastructure.

Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said: "The aim is to encourage clean, knowledge-based industries. When we last framed the policy, 80 per cent of Delhi's industries dealt in manufacturing and only 20 per cent in services. It's the other way round now."

An official from the Industries department said Delhi's existing manufacturing-based industrial set-up encourages migration of labour, while skilled workers look for work in service industries in Noida and Gurgaon. "We would ideally want it to be the other way round. The new policy would discourage migration and retain skilled workers," the official said.

What the industrial policy entails:
Fashion hub:
The manufacturing units of all Delhi designers, spread across the city at present, will soon have a dedicated space with specific infrastructure required by them. Delhi will also have its own fashion, technology and design park. The garment, furniture and handloom industry will also be brought together in one cluster.

Till now, only Puducherry (with a fashion city) and Mohali (with a fashion technology park) have ventured into this territory. Once the hub is in place, high-end fashion outlets such as MG-1 and MG-2, shut during the sealing drive, can be located in these freshly identified 'authorised' areas.

Education hub: This will have universities, research institutes, research and development units in engineering, pharmaceuticals and electronics institutes, technical institutes (including engineering colleges), professional institutes (like airhostess training institute), and Indian and foreign institutes. The policy says the hub will be designed on the lines of Singapore's education industry.

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