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Factories face closure as transporters’ strike goes on

india Updated: Aug 14, 2011 23:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The ongoing strike by local transporters has forced around 1,500 factory owners in Noida and Greater Noida to stop work during night at their round-the-clock units.

Entrepreneurs say if the strike continues for three-four days more, all units will be shutdown in the absence of raw materials.

Electronic and garment units will be the worst hit and forced to send workers on leave.

“Raw materials are not reaching here. The produce is not going out. Godowns are bursting at the seam. There are 5,000 units in both the cities, which are functioning during the day time. They will soon be affected too,” said a factory owner.

The strike began on Thursday in protest against the authority’s crackdown against overloading of goods vehicles. Transporters allege that the authority harass the vehicle owners and drivers on the issue of overloading.
Representatives of the Association of Greater Noida Industries have met the district magistrate and sought his intervention to resolve the issue.

Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association president Vipin Malhan said, “We are requesting the chief minister to intervene.”
Industries in Noida and Greater Noida are suffering losses worth crores of rupees on a daily basis because of the strike.

Mayan Mathur, an industrialist, said, “At the container depot in Dadri, which is the biggest dry port in Asia, goods are not being lifted."

“A Samsung plant had to close production as it could not get raw materials. More companies’ production is expected to suffer in the next two to three days,” Aditya Ghildiyal, senior vice president of the Association of Greater Noida Industries, said.

Meanwhile, the district magistrate has promised to talk to the transport department over the issue.