3,341 industrial units restart operations - ECAS Punjab

3,341 industrial units restart operations

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27

The state’s manufacturing sector has started chugging back to life. In all, 3,341 industrial units have resumed operations after the government eased the lockdown restrictions.

The state’s industrial capital, Ludhiana, has taken the lead, with maximum number of units beginning production there. Of the 95,202 industrial units in Ludhiana district, 1,014 are back in operation.

DL Sharma, Director, Vardhman Group, told The Tribune, “The industry is still apprehensive. This is mainly because of the fear at the customer-end. The entire vertical must work for any industry to resume production.”

Vardhman Group has started production in Baddi and Madhya Pradesh. Its Punjab unit would follow soon, he said.

As per the Industries Department, most of the 3,341 units deal in essential commodities. Others deal in the food processing sector, rice shelling and the textile sector.

“The state government is keen on opening the units and reviving industrial production. As a result, the CM had assured industrialists two days ago that no punitive action would be taken against industrial units if a Covid case was reported from their premises,” C Sibin, Director, Industries, said.

Ever since the curfew was imposed, only 2,008 industrial units have been operational. There are 2,52,741 industrial units in the state. After the relaxations were announced on April 21, 2,954 units started production.

Over 392 units in Faridkot, 288 Ferozepur, 272 Barnala, 198 Fazilka, 172 Jalandhar, 145 Moga and 121 in Amritsar are up and running again.



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