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Indore: 200 industrialists take to streets to protest hike in charges


Indore: Over 200 industrialists of MSME sector took to streets in the city on Thursday to oppose increase in maintenance charges. They warned state government of an intense agitation if their demand is not met.

The industrialist took out a rally from AIMP office to District Industrial Centre (DIC). They handed over a memorandum addressed to chief minister to GM DIC Santosh Trivedi. They raised slogans against the policies of the state government. The agitation was led by Association of Industries of Madhya Pradesh (AIMP).

Alok Dave, AIMP president, said state government has raised maintenance charge mentioned MP State Industrial Land and Building Management Law 2015, without taking industrial organisations into confidence.

“Now, DIC is charging maintenance rate with interest and penalty,” he said. The industrialists said charges are more than the charges levied by AKVN, which recovers the charges from large industries only and in lieu of that offers them basic amenities like roads, power and water. DIC does not provide these facilities.

Before 2009, industrial areas, which came under purview of DIC were exempted from maintenance fee. From 2009, DIC started charging it at rate of Rs 2.5 per square meter. Since the charge was not much, industrialists did not oppose that time. Now, the state government has increase the rate up to four times. It is Rs 10 per square meter. Four years back, the state government had mooted a plan to merge all industrial areas governed by DIC into AKVN. But due to opposition from industrial bodies, the plan was dropped.