If they are provided infrastructure including bulk drug manufacturers and alloy makers are ready to shift out of the city. But the government is facing reluctance from the micro, small and medium industries. But the government is facing reluctance from the micro, small and medium industries.
Fetsia president J. Nageshwar Rao said “Shifting is not an easy task as we have to relocate machinery and infrastructure. There could be over 40 per cent damage to property, and the MSMEs would not be able to bear the loss.” He also added “In some cases, the entire plant would be made based on the location. Therefore, there will be huge production and wage losses.”
If the government compensates the managements for the loss the sector may show some interest in relocation he said. Vijay A. Deshmukh, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) chief general manager, said, “We are working on relocating polluting industries including oil and dye makers which fall under the ‘Red Category’.”
Locals protest shift of polluting units
In the Balanagar Industrial area, more than 100 electroplating units are relocated near the Automotive Industrial Park in Toopran, Medak district is facing resistance from villagers. These industries have been the cause of pollution for several local water bodies and also the Hussainsagar, as they openly released water in the Kukatpally Nala, which in turn flow into Hussainsagar.
An electroplating unit owner in Balanagar said “We have taken the lands in the identified area by the TS Indus-trial Infrastructure Corporation however, there is resistance from villagers even before we have relocated. We have called on the officials to see that we get clearance from the local panchayat body, to avoid any issues in the future.” P. Nageshwar Rao, TSICC, Zonal Manager, said, “Over 150 electroplating units have already applied for the land areas in Toopran and many are still applying