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Pilgrims’ march halts movement of goods, industries suffer loss

An official says that it’s high time for Uttarakhand government to prepare a long-term industrial policy.

dehradun Updated: Feb 11, 2018 20:54 IST
Sandeep Rawat
Sandeep Rawat
Hindustan Times, Haridwar
Uttarakhand news,Kanwar fair,Industries
Kanwar pilgrims in Haridwar on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)

With thousands of Kanwariyas thronging the city ahead of Shiv Ratri, that falls on Tuesday, industries in the integrated industrial estate of SIDCUL, on Sunday, have demanded a separate industrial road corridor. They said that the pilgrim rush to Haridwar hampers their operations.

Citing the road blockade for industrial trucks during Kanwar fairs, festive bathes and Kumbh fairs, D Raju, a senior executive of a company, said that industries in the district suffer loss of revenue in millions per day, due to prohibition of industrial goods and raw material vehicles during such festive occasions.

With inadequate power supply, delay in four lane work of NH-58, no new industrial package or incentive to industries in the state,D Raju said that it’s high time that Uttarakhand government prepares a long term industrial policy, as many a big companies are willing to invest and set up their plants in Haridwar.

“In Hyderabad, the state government has announced 24 hour power supply to industries, which has resulted in expansion of plants. Uttarakhand government should also provide similar facilities, as already the 10-year industrial package has ceased and despite assurances, infrastructure development has not been,” said KS Shyam, senior director of an industrial unit.

SIDCUL Industrial Association general secretary Sudhir Mehta said, that during Kanwar fair, they financially support the mela administration in providing facilities for Kanwar fair, but the industries also need concern from the administration side, so that their production, supply and shipment don’t get affected.

The industrialists said that already a few industrial units have stopped production at SIDCUL ,while some have either shifted or increased production at plants in other states.

“In industrial clusters of Haridwar, Selaqui(Dehradun), Sitarganj-Kashipur-Rudrapur-Pantnagar (Kumaon division), inadequate infrastructure, lack of trained skilled technical man power, non availability of raw materials and non-implementation of special industrial policy is adding to the woes of industries,” Mehta said.

District magistrate Deepak Rawat said, that Haridwar based industries will soon get a major relief, as a two lane road project is nearing completion via Roshanabad-Aurangabad-Biharigarh.

“80% of the work is completed ,which will, to some extent, provide alternative route to industrial goods ferrying vehicles, during Kanwar,Kumbh, Ardh Kumbh and other annual festive bathes,” the DM said. 

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 20:53 IST