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Surat’s bittersweet buildup to Christmas

The city’s diamond industry is anxious to cater to the festive demand building up in the West.

Small and medium players are worried as their units are working at half force as workers are yet to return from villages as they are attending marriage ceremonies and tending the farms.

But the demand building up from abroad, especially from the markets of United States, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates is making people wonder whether they will be able to cash in on the holiday cheer.

A small diamond manufacturer in Varachha Ghanshyam Gabani told TOI, "The unit reopened last Monday with only 15 workers. Still, my 50 workers are enjoying their vacation in Saurashtra. They may return latest by December 2."

Another diamond manufacturer in Varachha Chandu Sheta said, "Orders of our buyers in Mumbai are pending. We have to complete the orders latest by December 15. But the big problem is my workers are yet to return."

As per the latest figures issued by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), India's polished diamond export in October increased to about 56 per cent at $2.15 billion following increased demand from the United States, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

President, of the Surat Diamond Association, Dinesh Navadia told TOI, "All the diamond workers are expected to return by December 2. Many factories have started with full capacity after the vacation. It is only the small and medium ones which are still operating at half capacity."