48-HOUR WA­TER CUT WILL HIT FIRMS: TALOJA IN­DUS­TRI­AL­ISTS

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TALOJA: The state gov­ern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment of a two­day wa­ter cut at Taloja MIDC has met with crit­i­cism.

In­dus­tri­al­ists op­er­at­ing in Taloja MlDC said pro­duc­tion is likely to go down by 70%, which will be a loss of rev­enue for the state gov­ern­ment as well.

Most in­dus­tries pro­duce es­sen­tial com­modi­ties such as fer­tilis­ers, medicines, food prod­ucts and ce­ment.

Jayshree Katkar, sec­re­tary of Taloja Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The Taloja MIDC houses ma­jor in­dus­tries. Many of them need reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply for oper­a­tions.”

He said, “A 48-hour wa­ter cut will af­fect the over­all pro­duc­tion and rev­enue.” Katkar sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment should look at in­stalling bore wells or con­sider re­duc­ing the sup­ply of wa­ter rather than com­pletely stop sup­ply for two days.

There are 900 units op­er­at­ing from the area, gen­er­at­ing an an­nual turnover of Rs90,000 crore.

Ankush Cha­van, an of­fice bearer, said: “While the gov­ern­ment has been pro­mot­ing the state as a pre­ferred in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion, the ex­ist­ing com­pa­nies do not get ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties such as wa­ter and power sup­ply. This will cas­cade into cre­at­ing ma­jor road­blocks for in­vest­ments.

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