To curb spillage by means of theft of yarn from factories, the Ved Road industrial estate would be installing a hundred and thirty cameras. The estate has over 4000 powerloom units and will be the first industrial area in Surat to be covered under 24*7 surveillance.
The Ved Road Art Silk Small Scale Co-operative Federation (VASCOF) will be putting up these security measures with contributions from each member of the federation. The office bearers of VASCOF have joined hands with the city police under the framework of the ‘SUrat Safe City’ project.
Thefts have been on an upswing in the industrial region according to the federation. According to a Times of india report, some workers allegedly steal yarn and then sell it in the open market. A kilo of yarn sells for Rs 40. The report further said that scrap material lying outside factory units were also being lifted.
Devesh Patel, president, VASCOF, told TOI, "The weavers are not able to find out as to who is behind the stealing of yarn. It is easy to steal yarn even in tiffin boxes. The CCTV cameras can help break the nexus between the workers and those involved in purchasing the stolen yarn. We intend to implement the project in the next one month's time. We are meeting the members to raise the required funds for the CCTV network project."