70 Wire-Based Units In Kashmir Face Closure     

Srinagar: SICOP unit holders association Kashmir has taken serious note of “anti-industry” policies of the government which are likely to affect the working of existing industrial units in Kashmir besides discouraging setting up of prospective industry.

In a meeting of SUAK held under the chairmanship of President Masood Ali Wani, the members were aghast on the decision of the department of PHE, irrigation and flood control to change specifications of crate mesh used for protection of bunds etc to a new specifications of Gabion mesh.  They said that the decision is likely to axe more than 70 existing industrial units which had been set up with huge investment and are currently providing direct employment to hundreds of people besides thousands indirectly. While the crate mesh manufactured by local units is proven and has withstood the test of time for decades, the new Gabion crates have no such success record, the members observed.

The members informed the meeting that departments of PHE, Irrigation and FC have approved the change in the specifications of Crates and have floated tenders accordingly.

It is in this context that Executive Engineer PHE (Hyd) Division, Bandipora, has invited tenders for the Gabion crate which is being followed by other divisions. Since no such crates are currently being manufactured in Kashmir valley, the order is likely to be placed with outside manufacturers. The members alleged that there seem to be clear intentions of the departments to damage the Kashmir industry and mar their interests.

Speaking on the occasion, the President SUAK assured the members of protecting their interests at all costs. He said that the government was duty bound to come to the rescue of industry as it is they who had allured all the wire based units.

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