Facing labour shortage, factories shifting from Sonepat's industrial area!
‘Touch of India’, an export house manufacturing fashion bags for brands like Zara, Benetton and M&S, shifted its factory from Kundli (Haryana) to Noida (Uttar Pradesh) recently, thanks to labour shortage and allied labour issues. Kundli is an industrial area nearly 24 kilometres from Delhi. There are other surrounding industrial areas around it like Rai and Barhi too (Sonepat district). All these three industrial towns have nearly 300 units of textiles and apparels. Therefore, this shifting and labour shortage raises questions on bringing up factories in new and emerging hubs from already developed clusters like Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, etc.
Dinesh Gambhir, MD of the company informed, “We were facing serious problems in Kundli, like labour blackmailing us, especially during time of shipments. In Noida, there is no such problem of labour shortage.” He further added that being a bag manufacturing expert unit, he requires skilled workers who can manage bag manufacturing easily. The company is paying Rs. 4 lakh per month as rent for its Noida unit despite having its own space also. “My own space is quite far and it is not easy for workers to reach there, so we have given that space on rent and have taken another factory on rent,” added Dinesh.
On the other hand, some other exporters having units in these industrial areas have different opinion as they feel that now things have improved on labour front. Pranab Mahajan, Director of Mahajan Overseas (Maspar brand), producing home furnishing products in its green factory at Rai, and working for top brands of the world, shared, “Earlier there was labour shortage but it is not like that anymore. The factories are paying enough and on-time to get labour easily.” Mahajan Overseas also provides transportation facility to its workers.
Pranab Mahajan, Director, Mahajan Overseas
Dinesh Gambhir, MD, Touch of India