There are about 198 firms in the industry, employing over 200 people. The industry largely manufactures tiles, and earns a collective annual turnover of about Rs. 20 crore.
“Water and coal play key roles in the manufacturing of tiles, but neither of them is sufficiently available in the area. Also, the price of coal is quite high,” said Rajendra Nath, one of the manufacturers.
“This is a big industry that is entirely based on the availability of basic components like water and coal. Despite presenting our demands before the local corporation several times, we have failed to get regular supply of water. The shortage of water really hampers our production processes,” he said.
“The lack of easy availability of water and coal have stopped us from meeting orders on time,” he added.
“There are other problems in the industry, too, such as the use of obsolete technology, high dependence on labour, lack of innovation in products and the lack of quality testing and a standardization system, leading to high breakage and rejection rates. Also, there is no common centre for the procurement of clay,” said Moneet Sanyal, another manufacturer.