The Gujarat government has approved to shift polluting textile dyeing and printing mills outside the limits of Surat city and provide few provisions under General Development Control Regulation.
While approving the development plan (DP) for the Surat Urban Development Authority (Suda), the Gujarat Government has made special provisions for the shifting of the industrial units located within the city to the outskirts in a specified shifting zone.
The decision has come after a strong recommendation by the south Gujarat Textile Processors Association (SGPTA) and the state Industries Minister Saurabh Patel in order to shift the mills to the outskirts of the city.
Also textile owners who are willing to relocate and develop their factories in the special nod areas will get a base floor space Index (FSI) of 1.8 free and chargeable 0.9 FSI based on the annual land rates. The mill owners are delighted as the FSI for industrial units in the city is 1.2 whereas they will be getting a total of 2.7 FSI in the specified zones located under the development plan of the Suda.
Keeping in mind the future development, various provisions have been made so as to construct the wider roads. Moreover, to check the reservations suggested in the Suda DP 2035, a local level consultative committee has been built under the chairmanship of Suda president and municipal commissioner M Thennarasan.
The SGPTA has requested the state government to allocate 100 hectare land for developing the new industrial area to facilitate the shifting of textile mills located in areas like walled city, Ashwani Kumar Road, Katargam, Varaccha, Kadodara and Udhana areas
About 65 textile mills are operating in the city’s residential areas such as Khatodara, Udhana, Ashwani Kumar Road, Ved Road, Bombay Market, Puna Kumbharia etc. The Particulate Matter (PM10) levels in the following areas was exceedingly higher than the national annual average at 184 per micrograms per cubic meter of air (UG/M3) per annum
“We are excited that CM Vijay Rupani has accepted our proposal for shifting the textile mills out of the city and providing us with the specialised industrial zone with 2.7 FSI. This will not only encourage the mill owners to shift the units out of the city but also enjoy the perks provided by the state government.” – Jitu Vakharia, President, SGPTA