New Punjab norms for mega projects
THE Punjab government on Thursday issued guidelines to streamline the system for approvals of new mega projects, hotels, agro processing projects and housing projects. Disclosing this here, Manoranjan Kalia, local government, industries and commerce minister, said the investors can submit their applications on prescribed format for industrial park, multiplex and hotel projects to the department of industries and commerce. For agro processing projects, the application can be submitted to Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and for housing projects, the applications can be submitted to PUDA office. The minister added that the entire system of approval of the project has been made time bound. After the receipt of application, the nodal office this will send it to the concerned departments within 7 days and they have to give their comments in 15 days. Thereafter, the case will be placed before the screening committee which will meet every fortnight and recommendations of the screening committee will be placed before the empowered committee headed by the chief minister. Mr Kalia said that after approval of the empowered committee and signing of agreement by the company with state government, concerned departments will issue orders/notifications in respect of concessions pertaining to their departments in a time-bound manner. The whole process will be monitored by a committee headed by the chief secretary