The mapping of 5.6 lakh hectares of land is facilitated by DPIIT (department for the promotion of industry and internal trade) on the portal of IILB (India Industrial Land Bank), which also offers a GIS-enabled database of industrial areas. This enables investors,
to select land situated in numerous states to establishing projects while staying home.
IIS portal by Department for promotion of Industry & Internal Trade
As per a report from the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Presentation that was released recently, the land, that is already acquired by the official agencies, is located across Four thousand three hundred and sixty-three industrial parks, estates & special economic zones in nineteen states & Union territories. However, the DPIIT department now is in the plans of integrating all states with the India Industrial Land Bank
portal by end of 2021.
Through the India Industrial Land Bank, what investors will be able to do is not just locate the land but also can obtain access to a multitude of details/information about various factors such as the logistics, land, rail and air connectivity, tax incentives, drainage system, power supply and even raw material such as farm and industrial availability and through all these the investors can make informed decisions related to any industrial belt.
The IIS portal is a portal enabled by Geographical Information System it comprises a database of areas that are spread across India, in order to embrace a committed approach for optimization of resources, sustainability & industrial up-gradation.
A One-stop solution providing all industrial information
The IIS portal acts as a one-stop solution that offers all industrial information such as availability of raw material for minerals, agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, firstly, and distance from important logistic nodes, and secondly, layers of terrain and urban infrastructure. All of this information is free and easy to access.
Currently, the database on the portal comprises 3350 plus parks/clusters that cover about 475000-hectare land across 31 states/Union Territory. The initiative is reinforced by Invest India, Bhaskaracharaya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Information, the national investment promotion & facilitation agency, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, National Center of Geo-informatics, & National e-Governance Division.
India Industrial Land Bank (IIS) aims to provide:
• Firstly, the details of the available land for prospective investors who are looking at setting up units in India.
• Secondly, GIS (Geographical Information System) Mapping of Industrial Clusters
• Thirdly, the system also consists of the information/details regarding the existing External and internal infrastructures that include air, rail, road, and port connectivity and other common facilities that are in & around the manufacturing clusters
• And, lastly, the links to State GIS (Geographical Information System) Portals & State Land Banks
India Industrial Land Bank, a significant initiative of the government
One of the biggest hurdles in the country to bid to arise as a significant industrial nation has been owing to excessive delay in land acquisition and with several foreign companies, such as Posco & Saudi Aramco, having faced the impact of numerous rules & regulations. Moreover, Land acquisitions that were done earlier also led to large-scale protests against the Special Economic Zone in a Tata Motors plant in Singur, & Vedanta’s bauxite mining proposal in Niyamgiri.
As land ownerships in huge swathes of the country are not only divided/fragmented but also disorganized. Therefore, the direct acquisition is still a critical challenge, especially for private enterprises. The India Industrial Land Bank, hence, becomes a significant initiative of the central government, since it aims to take on structural reforms in factors such as production in order to reverse a Covid-induced slump in growth.
Land identification & procurement
Piyush Goyal – the Commerce and industry minister, who had launched the India Industrial Land Bank portal one year ago, had stated that it would be unceasingly developed with inputs from states, and this is basically to make it highly effective for both land identification as well as procurement.
He also stressed building a single-window system that will act as a one-stop digital platform that will help in obtaining all the required central as well as state clearances and approvals. These are needed to commence business operations in the country.
This could remove the requirement for investors in order to visit numerous offices/platforms to get details and get the clearances from various stakeholders. This could leverage the abilities/capabilities of the existing systems and offers time-bound approvals as well as updates about real-time status to investors.