Owners of Noida factories get some relief after strong protest over parking charges outside their units
Noida garment manufacturers, already reeling under many challenges at various levels, are now facing the issue of parking charges. According to the new parking policy, the Noida Authority has asked parking contractors to collect charges from those factory owners whose staff members park their vehicles outside the factories. Though after strong protest, the authority has decided ‘no parking fees’ for the 1800 sq. metre area, factory owners are still asking to recall this policy completely. Various industry bodies like Indian Industries Association (IIA) and Noida Entrepreneurs Association had meetings with the Noida Authority over the matter, but so far, no solution has come out. To show their anger, hundreds of factory owners along with their staff today demonstrated to protest against this policy. Noida is one of the prominent hubs of apparel and home furnishing manufacturing where several factories are operational. Majority of them have outside parking facility for their staff members as well as visitors. Under Uttar Pradesh Government initiative, ‘One district-One Product’, Noida is projected as the city of apparel. According to official figures, in 2016-17, Uttar Pradesh exported readymade garments worth US $ 1700 million, with Noida holding a major share in it. Rajeev Bansal, MD, Celestial Knits & Fabs, Noida and Divisional Chairman, IIA, who led the protest, told Apparel Online, “This is totally wrong; contractors behave like mafia and threaten factory owners. It is like extortion.” He further added that as the industry had raised its voice strongly, he was expecting a solution to this issue.
Factory owners initiated a campaign on Twitter against this decision with the hashtags, #NoParkingFeesForIndustries and #noidaparkingissue.
Factory owners initiated a campaign on Twitter against this decision with various hastags.