Own­ers of Noida fac­to­ries get some relief af­ter strong protest over park­ing charges out­side their units

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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.

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