Gurgaon SEZs told to source own water

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Jan 21 2011, 05:43am hrs
Taking a cue from the fast depleting ground water table in Gurgaon, the state government has directed the SEZ developers to procure water from own resources. This will, however, be applicable to those developers who wish to set up an SEZ in the Gurgaon district.

Gurgaon, being a dark/grey zone in terms of water scarcity, we have asked the developers to arrange their own water resources for the setting up of SEZ in the region. More so, the developers will have to assure of laying down their own infrastructure for water supply before submitting their proposal to the state government, YS Malik, financial commissioner and principal secretary, Haryana industries and commerce told FE on the sidelines of an interactive meeting of SEZ developers in Chandigarh.

Gurgaon has about 30 SEZs of the total 34 notified in the state. The state has so far received 101 SEZ proposals out of which 64 have been approved by the Centre and 34 stand notified. Out of that 11 have been formally approved. With three SEZs already operational, other SEZs are at various stages of development. Malik further added, Gurgaon is already congested with SEZs and the water resources are depleting fast. We welcome new development in the interiors of the state. And as per the new industrial policy the state will not be able to give water to the SEZ developers in Gurgaon so they will have to take a call on this issue. With 30 SEZs and about 27 licences for IT parks in Gurgaon, the demand and supply criteria has to be matched.

On the other hand the commerce ministry has recommended that no new SEZ proposals be approved for Gurgaon till the time the water problem is resolved for the existing ones. DK Mittal, additional secretary, ministry of commerce and industry said, The water problem has to be resolved for the existing projects first and then new SEZs should be approved for the region. The developers should think of options of arranging water for their projects by way of water recycling, rain water harvesting, through rivers etc.

Exports from SEZs pan India touched Rs 2,00,000 crore in December 2010, up from 1,25,000 crore in the same period last year. By the end of this current financial year we expect the exports to touch Rs 2.50 lakh crore with a growth of 40% over last year.

Considering the depleting water table, the district administration had imposed a ban on drilling of new borewells in the city in mid-2009.