Although the two-day nationwide strike by trade unions wreaked havoc in the city on Wednesday, Greater Noida remained almost peaceful. Most of the industrial units in the city remained open on Thursday.
“Most industries functioned normally on Thursday. Only a few units were shut,” said Aditya Ghildiyal, senior vice-president, Association of Greater Noida Industries.
“OP Singh, additional director general of police (ADG), visited the industrial areas of the city. Not a single incident of violence took place here on Wednesday as we deployed more police personnel at sensitive points,” Ghildiyal told HT. “Our association on Wednesday had helped several Noida Phase 2 industries and prevented violence from escalating,” Ghildiyal added.
There are about 700 medium and heavy industries in Greater Noida.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Noida Apparel Export Cluster (NAEC) on Thursday demanded a dedicated industrial task force headed by an officer in the rank of superintendent of police.
“At present, the deputy superintendent of police (crime and cyber cell) holds an additional charge of the DSP (industry). There is no dedicated officer for the industries. Not only this, the DSP (industry) office at Sector 20 has been converted into the cyber crime cell,” said NAEC president Lalit Thukral.
“A DSP holding several charges cannot devote full attention to industries. So we have demanded a special task force for industries headed by an SP,” said Thukral.
“One of the major reasons of violence in Noida could be that the Phase 2 police station was headless on the first day of strike. The SHO of the police station was transferred just a night before,” he said.