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Punjab CM approves Change of Land Use for ‘certain’ industries

The Punjab Chief Minister also urged the Department of Town and Country Planning to reconsider the red-category industry, asking it to designate distinct zones for it in all master plans.

NEW DELHI — In a move to promote industrial activity in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved Change of Land Use (CLU) for certain types of industries on Monday.

Under the policy of permitting industrial activity in agricultural zones of master plans, the CLU will apply to green and orange industries at a distance of 100 metres and 250 metres, respectively, from Lal Lakir or nearby Abadi (minimum 50 pucca houses) on a minimum 6 Karam (30-33 feet) approach road.

The Chief Minister also urged the Department of Town and Country Planning to reconsider the red-category industry, asking it to designate distinct zones for it in all master plans.

He also granted special clearance for the expansion of the medical oxygen production facility in Mohali, and urged the Town and Country Planning Department to provide generous support to other such facilities in the state in order to encourage medical oxygen manufacture.

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Chief Minister @Capt_Amarinder Singh gave approval for Change of Land Use (CLU) for certain categories of industries, in an effort to further boost industrial activity in the state.https://t.co/N809S1MK46

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The Chief Minister, who is also its Chairman, said all Green, Red, and Orange industrial units must comply with the Punjab Pollution Control Board’s (PPCB) prescribed norms with zero discharge, or have consent of potential users for use of treated water, while chairing the 42nd meeting of the Punjab Regional & Town Planning and Development Board via video conferencing.

The Chief Minister also approved industries in mixed land use zones along highways at a distance of 4 kilometres from the corporate boundaries of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar, 3 kilometres from other corporation towns and Class-A towns, and 2 kilometres from other towns. The ruling would go a long way toward ensuring that the maximum amount of land is available across the state to stimulate industrial activity.

The board’s proposal for industrial parks in sectors 101 and 103 in SAS Nagar (Mohali) to be built by both private developers and GMADA to guarantee holistic development of these sectors with an emphasis on futuristic planning was also approved by the Chief Minister.

He gave the board permission to allow a 50-acre residential colony in New Chandigarh, decreasing the minimum acreage requirement from 100 to 50 acres without affecting the density regulations. This modification would help ensure that left-over pockets are properly utilised to build homes in the future.

Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, Housing and Urban Development Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, School Education and Public Works Minister Vijay Inder Singla, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, Financial Commissioner Revenue Ravneet Kaur, Financial Commissioner Rural Development Seema Jain, and Additional Chief Secretary Industries & Commerce Hussan were among those who attended the meeting.

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